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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Glenn Stanley" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 21 Aug 2017 06:17:22 -0700
Subject: Project Information From Mr. Glenn. USA Citizen Atlas Precious metals DMCC

Dear sir,
I am Mr. Glenn Penny, a United States Of American nationalist resident of Houston Texas USA,Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirate and Misratah=Libya.
I have a genuine businesses project and i sincerely wish to establish with you. If we agree on the terms of service, i will have you as my partner and business associate. Because age is no longer friendly with me and as well because of the injury I sustained during the crisis in Libya. At my present age and condition,  I need a younger partner who will be more productive for the smooth tuning of the project which will involve huge amount and time.
1. Do you have the ability to handle Investment Project?
2. Have you received money from outside Overseas or from another Country?
3. They are very interested to invest their total amount of Three Hundred And Fifty Milliom United States Dollars with you.
4. They have available Gold bar worth of 1000Kg for sale, do you know any buyer of it?
5. They have the avaiability of Diamond for sale valued 11,000 Karate for sale?
They are looking for reliable and honest person to handle all the investment and that prompted me to contact you. There shall be meeting in your country face to face with the senior bank official that will handle the transfer which he will be there till the transfer is confirmed into your account. This is not internet transaction.
Finally, I wish to explain all the vital information on how to go about this project investment and the only way to do that is by contacting me via my private yahoo email or phone below or alternatively provide me with your mobile contact and emails for more comprehensive explanations.
Yours Faithfully,
Glenn P Stanley
Managing Director Atlas DMCC
Address:14173 NorthWest Fwy City:Houston
State or province:Texas (TX)
Zip or postal code:77040
Country:United States
Contact me here directly Direct Tel;  +1 915229 3439
Contact me here directly via email:

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