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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. Roger Hess" <>
Date: Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:10:29 -0800
Subject: Good day

Good day Sir/ Madam

Sending this mail to you still amaze me because I have not met you in person, but I believe its a matter

of choice and if you feel we can share this dream and secure this transaction for our future then go
ahead and reply me fast. My name is ROGER HESS and I managed the contract Fund affairs department of


I propose to have a contract deal with you involving $10 million which over invoiced at the end of the

fourth fiscal quarter of 2015. This money is now lying and floating without claim at the contractors payee
account. I am contacting you because I cant claim this fund alone
and I need to present a trusted person who will work with me and claim this fund.

i have decided that I take 6 million dollars and you will take 4 million dollars as a sharing ratio and if

you have the potential to work with me.

I will stop here and if you feel you cannot handle this please do not respond OK. I will give you more

details when you show interest. Also sand your contact details ,phone /address and occupation so that i
will contact you immediately.

Roger Hess

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