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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: "JOHNSON COLE DAUDU" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2017 01:43:44 -0800
Subject: Kindly email or call me for further discussion.

Please do not see this message as the same proposals sent on a daily
basis by impersonators under the pretence of the real context.
Am JOHNSON COLE DAUDU from Central Africa, Guinea. I am presently in
U.A.E and seek your assistance in an investment partnership.
I seek for a reliable partner to invest $35,000,000.00 in a viable
Kindly email or call me for further discussion, hopefully, we can
schedule a meeting.
Do have a pleasant day as I wait for your quick response.
Thank you.

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