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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: "Mr.Felix" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 9 Nov 2017 17:38:37 +0100
Subject: Message From: Mr. Felix IPV

Good day,
It`s my profound pleasure to contact you regardless of the fact that we do not know each other in person. My decision to contact you is based on your reputation as attested in your profile. Please bear in mind that this mail and the classified information contained therein that I am about to share with you can either destroy me, ruin my professional career or make me depending on how you receive and take it. Please, I need you to read this mail attentively to know the reason and purpose why you receive the same. Kindly allow me to briefly introduce my person before I explain in details.
I am Mr. Felix N.P., A Chief Executive Officer and I just stepped down as the leader of one of the biggest indigenous banks in the country of Ghana located in West Africa. When I was working with my bank,I handle all our Investors capital Project Funds which enabled me to divert 1.2 Percent Investors Excess Return Capital Funds to our Magellan Trust Funds Account whereby anyone can be presented to claim the funds. On this note, a total sum of US$66 Million Dollars (Sixty Six Million United State dollars) has been diverted representing the 1.2 Percent Excess Return Capital Funds from the Investor Capital Project Funds for 2014/2015/2016.
The said amount has been moved to a reliable financial house abroad and I need a reliable and trustworthy person that can work this deal out with me so that we can claim the funds as mentioned above as all that is required now will be to introduce you to the said financial house as the real beneficiary of the funds since the financial house requires that urgently and my name cannot be involved for security reason. There is no risk attached and the funds in question can never be detected or traced after claim. Our sharing ratio would be 50:50. Therefore If you are interested, please reply and send your direct telephone numbers to me for a smooth discussion of this transaction in further details.
But if you are not interested or see this mail as a Spam or hoax simply delete it and forget I ever contacted you. If after 72 hours I didn't hear from you I will assume you are not interested, and then I will proceed to look for someone else that might be interested to work with me. This is a clean and straight forward bank deal; it is safe and risk-free, as I have taken care of all necessary steps to ensure a hitch-free movement of funds to your designated bank account.
I will await your urgent response to this mail.
Sincerely Yours
Mr. Felix.

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