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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: "Andrel Wotti" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 4 May 2021 04:54:54 -0500
Subject: Investment 222

I am Andrel Wotti, Pleasant greetings to you as i seek your indulgence to introduce to you the desire of my principal’s wish, to make huge financial investment in your home country on areas of oil and gas, real estate, tourism and hotel, manufacturing and production company, agriculture, fishing, Mining & Trading of natural resources such as crude oil, coal, graphite, coke, refinery, energy, hospital etc.

He needs a capable, trust worthy and understanding business partner, who can confidently handle and manage his investment funds with utmost care of secrecy without traces or link to him as he is politically exposed at the moment in his country.

Please, I will provide more details about the transaction if you are sure you can handle classified information and also let me know your entitlement for the solicited role I shall be expecting your quick reply.

Best Regards,
Andrel Wotti

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