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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: Robert Roy <>
Date: Fri, 1 May 2020 16:01:41 -0700

Hello Good Friend.

I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds
transferred under the cooperation of a new partner from Paraguay.
Presently i'm in Paraguay for investment projects with my own share of
the total sum.

Now contact my Secretary,his name is MR ROBERT ZEAL, on his email
address here as( ) ask him to send you the total
($1.2m)one million two hundred thousand dollars which i kept for your
compensation for all the past efforts and attempts you try to assist
me in this matter. I appreciated your efforts at that time very much
only that it fail us some how. so feel free and get in touched with my
secretary and instruct her 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 sufferness at that time. in the moment, i am
very busy here because of the investment projects which me and the new
partner are having at hand, finally, remember that I had forwarded
instruction to the secretary on your behalf to receive that money, so
feel free to get in touch with MR ROBERT ZEAL, he will send the amount
to you without any delay.....Do not forget to use some money inside to
give thanks giving to ALMIGHTY GOD IN ANY YOUR
secretary email address is is ( ).

6:YOUR AGE:........

Send an email to him with the above email and apply for your fund as i
have informed him about you already.


Mr.Robert Roy

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