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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: "Dr.FRANK YIKE" <>
Date: Wed, 27 Oct 2021 06:13:48 -0700
Subject: RE hi

Dear friend Contact my secretary with this Email (

I'm sorry but happy to inform you about my success in getting those
funds transferred under the co-operation of a new partner from
Paraguay though I tried my best to involve you in the
Gold/diamond,business but God decided the whole situations. Presently
I am in United Arab Emirates 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 somehow.

Now contact my secretary in MR. Kevin Okumu

His name: Mr.Kevin Okumu

Ask him to send you the VISA CARD total of $2.50000.00 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 secretary MR. Kevin Okumu and
instruct him where to send the VISA CARD to you value sum of

Now this amount is me and the new partner contribute and offer you
this amount $ 1.50000.00.USD is from my own share while my new partner
supported you also with sum of $ 1000000.USD from his own share also
because I explain the whole thing to him that you are the first person
I contacted that wanted to assist me bet you could not make it and he
said okay there is no problem.

so that you will kept the whole secret about my success because I knew
that it was only you know how I made the money so try to kept
everything very secret. I hope you understand the reason why this huge
amount of funds was kept for you? Please do let me know immediately
you receive the VISA CARD so that we can share the joy after all the
sufferings at that time. In the moment, I am very busy here because of
the investment projects which I 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 keep in touch with him,
so that he will send the VISA CARD value of $2.50000.00.US D. Two
Million Fifty Thousand United State Dollars to you without any delay.

Best Regards,

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