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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 G. Dawson" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 10 Jul 2018 15:24:34 +0200
Subject: Re: Investment Partnership

Good Day,

I do have the trusteeship of my client to outsource individuals with sound Financial Management abilities to manage Millions of Dollars Investment. These funds can be invested in high profit business investment programs in your country and you will get 30% of the fund for your partnership. If you have these abilities, your feedback would be appreciated for details.

Barrister Geoffrey Dawson
Isle of Man - United Kingdom

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