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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: "Mr Charles P. Rettig" <>
Reply-To: "" <>
Date: Sun, 01 Aug 2021 04:34:10 +0900
Subject: My Dear Friend,

My Dear Friend,

I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds transferred under the cooperation of a new partner from Kuwait; Presently I'm in Thailand for investment projects with my own share of the total Contract 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 that you did not meet up with the requirement to complete the transaction with me after all you have suffered.

Please kindly contact my secretary Mrs. Dorothy Adam in West Africa Office with her contact information started bellow to enable her dispatch the Cashier Check to you immediately:

Name: Mrs. Dorothy Adam.

Please you should try sending your contact details to Mrs. Dorothy Adam. And call her that you have sent her message on email address so she will process how to dispatch your cashier check to you:

Your Full Name: __________________________________________
Full Address: __________________________________________
Company Name: __________________________________________
Tell/Cell: __________________________________________
Compensation Amount: ____________________________________
Any Form of ID: __________________________________________

Remember that you have to send her your contact details correct in other to get-in touch with bank manager who is in position to release the Cashier Check to you as I was instructed because i don't want her to make any mistake on this matter. And only ask her to send you the check what of US$1,950.000 (One Million Nine Hundred and Fifty Thousand United States Dollar Only) which i kept for your compensation for all your past efforts and attempt to assist me in the past. I appreciated all your efforts at that time very much because you did as a closer partner. So feel free and get in touch with my secretary Mrs. Dorothy Adam. Urgent and pleading her to help you to facilitate the delivery with the bank manager in other to release your cashier check to you.

Please do let me know immediately you have received the check so we can share the joy together after all our suffered at that time you are trying to help me.. At this moment I'm very busy here because of my projects me and new partner having at hand just use this little time i have to send you this message, if i did not get back to your message after this mail please pardon me, and try to be honest with her because she is very trusted Lady, and you should notify me on receiving the compensation fund from her.

Best Regards,
Mr Charles P. Rettig

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