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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: ruth kazuamber <>
Date: Sun, 18 Apr 2021 08:55:38 +0100
Subject: GOD NEWS

My Dear,

I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting my funds
transferred under the cooperation of a new partner from JAPAN
.Presently I'm move to JAPAN this night around 5 am my local time for
investment projects with my own share of the total sum. Meanwhile,i
didn't forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in
transferring those funds despite that it failed us some how. Now
contact my Barr.Barry Avin in Cote d'Ivoire, his Name is
Barrister.Barry Avin

Barr.Barry Avin email address (

Asked him to send you the total of $500.000.00 (five hundred thousand
USD) ATM CARD which I kept for your compensation for all the past
efforts and attempts to assist me in this matter. I appreciated your
efforts at that time very much, so feel free and get in touched with
my Barr. Barry Avin and instruct him where to send the ATM CARD to
you.Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can
share the joy after all the sufferer at that time. in the moment,

I am very busy here because of the investment projects which me and my
new partner are having at hand, finally, remember that I had forwarded
instruction to my Barrister on your behalf to receive that ATM CARD,
Now get in touch with him ( Barr. Barry Avin )and he will send the ATM
Card to you immediately.I will not be able to check my email again
because i will be busy when i arrive JAPAN Tomorrow morning.

Please reply through this Email:

Yours Faithfully,

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