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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: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Fri, 03 Nov 2017 02:00:43 -0400
Subject: Re; Response

Dear Sir/Ma, Re: Business Partnership I am constrained by insufficient info=
rmation about you. I contacted you concerning a customer investment placed =
under our private banking management that need urgent investment partnershi=
p. We have made the necessary inquiries about you and we have been informed=
that you have the integrity and capacity to do business investment partner=
ship in your country. Hence, I have been directed to inquire if you would a=
gree to act as our oversea partner in your country? If you find yourself ab=
le to work with me, contact me with positive signals, I will initiate this =
process towards a conclusion. Contact me only through email and my private =
numbers. My official lines are not secured lines as they are periodically m=
onitored to assess our level of customer care in line with our Total Qualit=
y Management Policy. Please observe this instruction religiously. Thank you=
. password : Sincerely Yours, Messah Jedrome Gabriel Executive Director Pro=
jects/Finance KE- CONSULT LTD.

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