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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Mr, John Morris" <>
Reply-To: "Mr, John Morris" <>
Date: Thu, 28 Nov 2019 07:39:41 -0200 (BRST)
Subject: Business Investment


We are in search of a reliable and reputable person/company for business investment within their region.

These investment funds, arose from the current stand off between the United States/Qatar trade tension which subsequently froze mostly imports and thus prompting the Qatari government requiring independent sourcing of foreign partners for new investment scheme.

The funds have been secured via an offshore process and ready for release.

Hope to discuss this further. kindly contact me on my private email:( if you are interested.

Best regards

Mr, John Morris

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