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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: "Robert Mensan" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 28 Aug 2019 14:25:15 +0200
Subject: I have only written to seek your indulgence and help.

I am Robert Mensan senior staff with a bank From west Africa and i like to invest in your country. I have only written to seek your indulgence and help. I wish to invest in any profitable business venture that is going to benefit both parties with an amount of 8.5 Million u dollars.

Kindly reply me stating your interest in assisting with investment since the economic stability in my country is very bad.

Details are reserve not until i hear from you.

Respect and Blessed

Robert Mensan.

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