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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: =?utf-8?Q?CORR=C3=8AA=2C_EMERSON_CORR=C3=8AA?= VIEIRA <>
Date: Wed, 24 Mar 2021 23:46:03 -0300 (BRT)
Subject: I await your reply soonest.

Date: Thursday, 25 March 2021.

Good Morning,

Greetings to you and your family as this letter may come to you as a surprise since we have not yet met,
I want to tell you something important but please kindly accept my apology for sending you this email without your consent. I believe you are a highly respected personality, considering the fact that I got your details through online search on the web during my discreet search for a foreign partner who can assist me in taking this business to its success.

My Name is V.K Kumar. I am currently working in my bank as Marketing Manager. I have a proposal for you, I need your assistance in executing a transaction worth €3,780,426 Euros (Three million, seven hundred and eighty thousand, four hundred and twenty-six Euros), I intend to give you 35% of the total funds as compensation for your assistance.This however is not mandatory nor will I in any manner compel you to honor against your will, but I hope you will accept and consider the value I offer.

I want to know if you are capable of handling funds worth €3,780,426 Euros, If you can, then please fill the form below if you are interested.

1. Full Names
2. Age:
3: Gender:
4. Current Country:
5. Nationality:
6. Occupation:

When you are sure that you can carry out the transaction please get back to me and I will provide you with my personal email address.

I await your reply soonest.

Kind Regards,
Mr. V.K Kumar.
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