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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: Edward Hans <>
Date: Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:17:24 +0100
Subject: Re: request for partnership Business

Hello Friend,

I have interest of investing in your country as well as seek your
services in a private and confidential issue. My name is Edward Hans,
an auditor with coutts and coutts Bank London, On my routine
inspection I discovered a dormant domiciliary account with the deposit
of £7.6M (Seven Million Six Hundred Thousand Great Britain Pounds
Sterling) by our late customers without any heir. I write to seek your
indulgence and assistance in moving this funds to your country through
legal means.

NOTE: My plan is to invest my own share of the money in your country.

What other lucrative investments would you suggest as I intend to
invest on REAL ESTATE AND HOTELS if they are good business venture in
your Country?Can you be able to make residential documents and
purchase a house for me and my family to relocate and settle in your
country after my retirement in (3) Three months time.

Let me know if you can handle this project so that we can discuss your
own percentage (%). Please reply me back for further details.
Looking forward for your quick response.

Edward Hans

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