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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: "Department of Mineral Resources" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 11 May 2018 13:28:34 +0200
Subject: RE::11TH MAY 2018

Good day, RE: FUNDING PROJECT PARTNERSHIP This is to draw your attention of an over-invoice unclaimed Foreign Contract Payment with the Federal Government valued at US$95.7M(Ninety-Five Million Seven Hundred Thousand United States Dollaes) for FUNDING PROJECT PARNERSHIP deposited in a secret vault (Escrow Bank Account) with an open beneficiary and investment funds manager for claims in your name. Following the official protocols, Please get back to me as soon as possible to enable us effect the over due invioce contract payment on your behalf for investment purposes. I look forward to your response and our partnership. Have a nice day. Regards, Mr. Chris T .Ramontja, MEMBER Executive Board of Directors


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