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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: Kiki Raymond <>
Date: Tue, 20 Aug 2019 07:47:32 +0900


How are you today? It's been a little longer since last we
corresponded . I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting the
fund transferred under the co-operation of a new partner . Presently i'm
in India for business investment.

Meanwhile, I didn't forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me
in transferring the fund despite we couldn't reach a specified
conclusion/succeed I am sorry for what happened all this while because
it got to a time when there was so much confusion that made me loss
interest in you about the transaction but I thank God today it is over
and was successfully transferred

I want you to contact my secretary, His Name is Mr John Bright
Email Address: ( )

I left with him an instruction to send you the total sum of
(US$m1.500.000.00) which I kept for your compensation for all the past
efforts and attempts to assist me in this matter .

I so much appreciate your efforts at that time even though thing
failed to work as planned . So feel free to get in touched with her
and instruct her on where to send the amount to you . Please do let me
know immediately you receive it so that we can share the joy after all
the whole effort at that time .

I believe in resoluteness and as well hoping this compensation will
help seal the secret we once both shared . Feel free to get in touch
with him.


Your brother and friend,

Mr Raymond.

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