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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 Edward Wilson" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 16 Jun 2018 19:47:48 -0000
Subject: Goodday Sir/Madam.

Dear Sir/Madam,

Good day, how are you doing? i hope you're okay today, I am a marketer and a consultant representing some private and large bulk investors based in the Gulf Region and Africa. They are seeking means of expanding and relocating business interest abroad in the following sectors like hotel/leisure, hospitality, real estate, five star malls or five star office complexes or any fast interest generating businesses.

It will be my pleasure to talk with you if you have a solid background and idea of making good profit in any of the mentioned business sectors or any other viable business in your Country, Please write me for possible business Co-operation. More so, we are ready to facilitate and fund any business that is capable of generating 3-5% annual return on investment (AROI) Joint Venture partnership and hard loan funding can also be considered. I am available to discuss this proposal with you and to answer any questions you may have in regard to this investment.

Thanks for your kind understanding. Contact me in my private email: ( )

Mr. Edward Wilson

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