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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: Charles Limited <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 29 Jan 2020 11:34:54 +0113

Dear Partner,

How are you today? I hope your family and business is doing well. My
name is Mr. Charles, I am an agent, business broker and marketer. I was
recently informed by one of my clients, to find a good entrepreneur in
your country, that can manage her fund to invest into any good and
profitable business. My client has total fixed deposit of $50 Million
USD for this project.

So If you are a capable entrepreneur that can manage my client's
capital in her investment target or any other business you can
conveniently manage, you should contact me for more details about the
business procedure. I await your reply.

Best regards,

Dr. Charles

French traduction

Cher partenaire,

Comment vas-tu aujourd'hui? J'espère que votre famille et votre
entreprise se portent bien. Je m'appelle M. Charles, je suis agent,
courtier commercial et agent de commercialisation. J'ai été récemment
informé par un de mes clients, de trouver un bon entrepreneur dans votre
pays, capable de gérer son fonds pour investir dans n'importe quelle
entreprise bonne et rentable. Mon client a un dépôt fixe total de 50
millions USD pour ce projet.

Donc, si vous êtes un entrepreneur capable qui peut gérer le capital de
mon client dans sa cible d'investissement ou dans toute autre entreprise
que vous pouvez gérer facilement, vous devez me contacter pour plus de
détails sur la procédure commerciale. J'attends votre réponse.

Meilleures salutations,

Dr. Charles

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