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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: Simson Sianipar <>
Date: Sat, 25 Dec 2021 03:02:51 -0800
Subject: Please forgive me for stressing you with my predicaments.

Your attention needed urgently!
I am Barr Simson Sianipar, an email was sent to you sometime last week
with the expectation of receiving a return email from you, but to my
surprise, you never bothered to reply. A reserve client, (Former
President) whom I had personally worked with a few years ago recently,
approached me. What he request is an individual such as you, who will
be willing in securing a hiding Funds on his behalf, and put it into
good investment use for a period not exceeding 5years for a start.
Can you handle a High Profile Investment project?
Kindly provide me with the following:

(1) Full Name:
(2) Postal Address:
(3 Telephones and Fax Number:
(4) Occupation:
(5) Date of Birth:
(6) Copy of your international passport or ID card
Get back to me for more details
Simson Sianipar

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