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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, 19 Nov 2017 21:41:11 +0200

Good day,

My name is Ms. Katie Johnson, a British. I am a banker and broker at T.Broker, My client, a Saudi Arabian family is interested in making a major investment in real estate in your country.

Consequently, we are in need of competent people, in your country, who would work with us as team in the sourcing and acquisition process.

The total investment volume amounts to 40.5 million euros. 16 Percent of the volume is to be made available to our company for mobilization.This is divided between yours and our companies.

PS: For further details, kindly Send me a feedback to: (

Best regards

Ms. Katie Johnson.


The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited PO Box N-4917, Suite
306, Centre of Commerce, One Bay Street, Nassau, Commonwealth of the



HSBC Bank Brasil SA - Banco Multiplo
Travessa Oliveira Bello, 34 Sobreloja, Centro, Curitiba, Brazil, PR


Cayman Islands:
Corporate Banking
HSBC House, 68 West Bay Road, PO Box 1109, Grand Cayman KY1-1102, Cayman


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