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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:

Date: Sun, 20 Aug 2017 15:09:26 -0700
Subject: Urgent Attn

Oakhill House,Partners
Cranleigh, Orchard Gate, Esher,
Surrey, KT10 8HY
United Kingdom.

I am contacting you in good faith and this proposal will be of mutual benefit for us.I have a business proposal in the tune of $820,000.000.00-[Eight Hundred & Twenty Million United state dollars} to be transferred to any safe account with your assistance.

Contact me back via my email if you are interested in this business ivestment proposal and if you can be trusted for further briefing and details

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind Regards.

Mr Roderick Stephen Wood
Investment/Finance Broker
United Kingdom
Phone: +447452059983

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