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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: "Mrs.Samantha Cameron" <>
Date: Thu, 13 Feb 2020 04:36:59 -0800
Subject: Re: Dear Sir, UPDATE NEEDED,

*Investment Target Projects-Dear Sir,I am interested in establishing and
operating a very viable business as a means of investment abroad. I do not
know too well on how this is done in your country, so I will need you in
this regard.My preference is any good profit yielding business and I would
appreciate any viable ideas you could come up with. I will also welcome to
invest my money in any profitable business like. Shopping Center,
hotel,industry, real estate, Agricultural land, and any other profit
business in your country.I currently have an investment Portfolio funds for
$10.5MUSD for this. Do you have any viable project we can invest in?For a
brief on my personality; my name is Mrs. Samantha Cameron, I'm married i
live in London, United Occupation Businesswoman .My need for
this business proposition and to acquire these properties is very urgent as
I am planning to move out one of my younger sister to your country. I want
you to also help in finding a very good home in (Mini Estate).I also have
another new Contract Oil Rigs project business. That will be after this one
is successfully concluded. Sure we can also use the hedge funds in invest
more Ok.Please I expect your good and prompt reply so that we can proceed
swiftly. I will need your phone and fax numbers for easier communication
with you if I am unable to access my email.I shall await your response asap
.Best Regards,Mrs. Samantha Cameron.*

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