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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: "Managing Partner." <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2018 02:37:05 +1100

I am making this contact from MJ Fiduciary and Management Services, an Investment and Wealth Management Establishment here in the ISLE OF MAN, United Kingdom.
I do have the mandate of a PRIVATE client with embattled political background to seek for individuals with Financial Management know-hows to handle the investment and management of over US$900M under strict anonymity.
If you have fund management abilities, credible projects in need of funding or existing businesses requiring expansion, we would be delighted to work with you.
Get Back to me on { }
Martin Jones   
Managing Partner.
MJ Fiduciary and Management Services

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