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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.Nelson C .Cyril" <>
Date: Tue, 4 Aug 2020 04:10:54 +0100

*Attn Sir/Madam*

*We are direct providers of Fresh Cut BG,SBLC and MTN which are
specifically for lease or sale,our bank instrument can be engaged in PPP
Trading.The procedure is very simple; upon your signed contract,the
instrument will be issued and reserved on Euro Clear, copies will be sent
to you for verification by your bank, after verification an arrangement
will be made by you, for the payment of the bank swift Charges for
MT799,The cost of the Bank Guarantee will be paid after the delivery of the
MT760. Lease cost is 6+2% while purchase is 38+2%. I look forward to our
further communication once I receive your response with your details
(company profile/project)*

*Please if you are not interested kindly delete the message.*

*We look forward to your feedback. *

*Best Regards, *

*Mr.William Abels *
*Chief Consultant Head-International Portfolio Operations*

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