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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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Fraud email example:

From: coll <>
Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2022 22:42:59 -0800

Mr Collins. Bamba
Greetings My Dearest
My Details as follow
Address:06 BP: 416 ,
Akpakpa PK3 Cotonou
Benin Republic.

How are you today, together with your family, Hope fine? I would like
to use this opportunity to introduce myself to you, I am Mr Collins
Bamba Issiaka, From Benin Republic, And my late parents are Mr. and Mrs
BAMBA ISSIAKA my father was highly reputable business magnet
who operated in Benin Republic, Ghana, Egypt, Morocco, Saudi Arabia,
and other European countries during his days.

I am writing this mail to you with tears and sorrow from my heart.
With due respect trust and humanity, I know this mail will come to you
as a surprise since we haven't known or come across each other before,
considering the fact that I sourced your email contact through
the Internet in search of trusted person who can be trusted and willing
to assist me It is sad to say that my Dad passed away mysteriously in
France during one of his business trips abroad. Though his sudden death was
linked or rather suspected to have been masterminded by my uncle who traveled
with him at that time ButGod knows the truth! My mother died when I was just
9yrs old, and since then my father took me so special Before his death, he
called me and informed me that he has the sum of twenty one Million seven
Hundred thousand United States Dollar ($21.7Million US D,) left in
dormant account in one of the leading banks in Benin Republic He further
told me that he deposited the money in His name, and he also gave me all
the necessary legal documents to this fund with the bank,

I am 27 years old Male, and a university undergraduate and really
don't know what to do Now I want an account overseas where I can
transfer this funds and after the transaction I will come and reside
permanently in your country till such a time thatit will be convenient
for me to return back home if I so desire The death of my father actually
brought sorrow to my life, I also want to invest the fund under your care
because I am ignorant of business world I am in a sincere desire of your humble
assistance in this regards Your suggestions and ideas will be highly regarded,


first i have visited the Bank severally with 2 of the documents that
was given to me by my late father and the bank attorney
was advising me to get the Hard copy and the (A)AFFIDAVIT OF OATH
all these above mentioned documents before they will be able to
release the funds to me which i have tried and the fees involve is not
what i can handle alone and i never want my uncle to know about this
very funds as my Dad advice me before his death not to disclose the
hard copy to my uncle as he advice me to apply for a lawyer who will
make the change of depositor names to my names before his painful
death took place ,

As my uncle has not been so good to me as the only child of my late
parent he sold 3 of my fathers buildings and some land just for the
funeral expenses of my Dad and after the funeral he could not give
account of the remaining balance infarct is a very long story but
i am glad that i am alive and i am now in Benin for the safety of
my dear life as i have been shot twice and i believe my wicked uncle
must have hand in my attack simply because i was trying to recover some
of my fathers properties with him my dear the world is wicked in deed
even as i am writing you this emails my uncle did not know i am here in
Benin Republic and i wish to claim my father funds and then take off from
here to any foreign country were i will find good life and to
invest my funds ,

Now permit me to ask these few questions:

1. Can you honestly help me from your heart?

2. Can I completely trust you?

3. What percentage of the total amount in question will be good for
you after the money is in your account?

4. For me i will offer you 30% of the total funds after our victory
over the claims

Please, consider this and get back to me with your below listed details
ls as soon as possible Immediately I confirm your willingness i will
send you my Picture or identity card and also inform you more details
involved in this matter Reply me on this email for more information,

YOUR(1) Full Name:============
YOUR(2) Occupation:===========
YOUR(3) Age:================
YOUR(4) Telephone Number:===========
YOUR(5) Address:==============
YOUR(6) Country;============
YOUR(7) Identity card;============


Kind Regards,

Mr Collins Bamba Issiaka

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