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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. Charles E. Hanzo" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2018 14:42:47 -0700
Subject: Please important and urgent!!!

Good day sir,

I am Mr. Charles Hanzo, CEO "TERRAVISION INCORPORATED", a premier financial consultancy firm based in California, United States.

I am a financial consultant to an investor with sensitive political background who wants to invest over US$1,000,000,000.00; without the appearance of his name on the investments.

Ensuing from these funds, we are able to provide cash backed MTN and BONDs under Leased Finance for advanced stage projects requiring such support.

If you have fund management abilities, credible projects in need of funding or advanced stage projects requiring MTN and BONDs; we would be delighted to work with you.


Mr. Charles E. Hanzo
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Company Registration No: (E0277132010_4)
Address: 301 Joyce Avenue, Arcadia California 91006 USA.
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