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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: Zuma Hamson <>
Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2022 02:16:30 -0100
Subject: Happy New Year,

*Happy New Year, how are you today? It’s been long I heard from you. Well,
I just want to use this medium to thank you very much for your earlier
assistance in receiving the funds which though didn’t work as planned. the
fund been transferred into an account provided by a newly found business
partner of mine from India . I wish to compensate you for your past
assistance, effort and commitments that time to help me out I am in India
right now to establish some business and possibly buy some properties also.
I did this simply to show you that it is good to do good things to the
right people always, presently I am in India for investment project with my
own share under the advice of my partner, though before I left Togo
Republic to India I gave my Pastor ATM MasterCard uploaded $800,000.00 and
I left an instruction to him to send the ATM card to you through DHL, FedEx
or UPS or any courier company of your choice immediately you send to him
the necessary information as listed below. I will be sending you e-mail
from time to time to know if you have received your share or not. SEND HIM
Name:Rev.pastor Chris Okeson Email address: (
I left every instruction with him to assist you and have the bank wire the
fund to you as soon as you contact him, so make sure you re-confirm your:
Your Nationality.............. Your Full Names.............. Your Home
Address............ Your Cell Phone Number...... The Above information will
enable him to recognize you. With All My Appreciation. Mr.Zuma Hamson.*

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