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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: "From Mr. Kobby Asare" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 4 Aug 2021 22:31:36 -0700

Dear friend,

I assume you and your family are in good health. I am the foreign
operations Manager at one of the leading generation bank here in West

This being a wide world in which it can be difficult to make new
acquaintances and because it is virtually impossible to know who is
trustworthy and who can be believed, I have decided to repose
confidence in you after much fasting and prayer. It is only because of
this that I have decided to confide in you and to share with you this
confidential business.

In my bank, there resides an overdue and unclaimed sum of $7.5m,
(Seven Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars Only) when the account
holder suddenly passed on, he left no beneficiary who would be
entitled to the receipt of this fund. For this reason, I have found it
expedient to transfer this fund to a trustworthy individual with
capacity to act as foreign business partner. Thus I humbly request
your assistance to claim this fund.

Upon the transfer of this fund in your account, you will take 40% as
your share from the total fund, and 60% will be for me. Please if you
are really sure you can handle this project, contact me immediately.

Yours Faithful,
Kobby Asare

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