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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 smith <>
Date: Tue, 16 Nov 2021 15:22:30 +0000
Subject: HI

Good day, my friend,

Good afternoon my dear friend, how are you for a long time ? I am happy to
inform you of my success in obtaining these inheritance funds
Transfer with the participation of a new partner from Chile. Currently
I am doing foreign investment projects in India with my own share of the
Grand total, while I have not forgotten your efforts and attempts so far.
to help me transfer those inheritance funds even though it was
Somehow, Somehow Failed, contact my secretary in Lomé Togo, West Africa,
Her name is Mrs. Evelyn Scott, in her email.
Address ( Ask her to send you the full amount
of ($ 950,000.00), nine hundred fifth thousand United States
Dollars I keep for your compensation for all your previous efforts
And try to help me with the transaction. I really appreciate
Your efforts back then. So do not hesitate and contact my secretary
Mrs. Evelyn Scott and tell her where to get the ATM card of
Grand total ($ 950,000.00). Please let me know right away if you
Receive it so that we can share the joy after all the suffering
this time .
Right now I am very busy here due to investment projects.
that I have with my new partner .Finally to reminds you that i had the
instructions forwarded to my secretary on your behalf to resolve the
ATM card, so feel free to contact Ms. Evelyn Scott, she
We will send you the amount without delay.

Richard Smith

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