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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:

Date: Fri, 26 Nov 2021 12:38:19 +0100
Subject: Now contact my secretary.

Hello ,

It is my pleasure to let you know about my success in getting those
fund transferred under the cooperation of a new partner from Japan.

I didn't forget your past efforts to assist me in transferring those
funds.Now contact my secretary Mrs. Salome Ibee. her email is
( ) ask her to send you the total $1,5m ATM CARD
which I raised for your compensation .

So feel free and get in touched with her and give her your address
where to send the ATM CARD:

(1) FULL NAME .................

(2) ADDRESS ...................

(3) COUNTRY ...................

(4) PRIVATE TEL ...............

(5) PRIVATE FAX ...............

Do Let me know immediately you receive it okay so feel free to get in
touch with him.

I am waiting to hear from you.

Best regards

Dr.Thomas John Goodman

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