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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: Richard Donald <>
Date: Fri, 7 May 2021 01:27:07 +0100
Subject: From Mr. Richard Donald

Dear Sir/Madam,

I know this may come to you as a surprise due to the amount of
scam/unsolicited emails we all receive on daily bases, but it is with a
sincere and humble heart that I am making this contact for our mutual

I am Richard Donald, a Certified Financial Consultant, Adviser and
Representative (CFCAR) to business moguls and politicians. I am seeking
your consent to stand as my late client's Foreign Partner that has the full
capacity to receive the sum of USD43, 645,310:00M.

I therefore write with due respect on the above subject matter for your
consideration and approval.This money cannot be approved to a local bank
account holder, but can only be approved to a foreigner. If you will stand
as investment partner to the fund, it will be shared 60%/40%, as this is a
TWO-MAN business deal transaction. should you consider this proposition
willing to do. Send your response to :[ ]

Please note; what drives my interest here is NOT GREED rather it would
make no sense to allow this huge amount of money to go to waste when we
can take advantage of the situation, and honestly if we don't do this; it
will still end up in private pockets of corrupt people in government.

Yours truly,
Mr. Richard Donald


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