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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: Andy Chin <>
Date: Sat, 22 Jan 2022 10:50:03 +0000
Subject: How are you doing today?

Hello my good friend.

How are you doing today? I hope you are save from the Corona Virus?
Happy new year 2022. Compliment of the season. I guess it had been a
long time since our last communication, anyway, I’m contacting you
again concerning our previous transaction which was not completed
successfully with you. It was unfortunate that your partnership with
me failed to complete the fund's transfer, i don’t know, maybe due to
much pressure, you're forced to lose interest in the transaction. In
any case, I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting those
fund transferred under the co-operation of the new partner from India,
i am presently in India for investment. However, I didn't forget your
past efforts and attempts to assist me in transferring those fund,
despite the fact that we couldn't reach a specified conclusion. In
appreciation to your effort to assist me, I and my new partner
resolved to compensate you with ( $US.200,000.00 ) So that you can
experience the joy and happiness with us.

I left your compensation ATM visa card with my secretary so that she
will assist me to send it to you, now contact my secretary in Togo
Republic West Africa, her name is Alina Joyce Bama, and her email is:
( ). Tell her to send your ATM visa card
worth of ( $US.200,000.00 ) to you, i am very busy here in India
because of the investment projects which me and my new partner are
having at hand. Get in touch with Mrs. Alina Joyce Bama quickly, tell
her where to send your compensation visa card to you. She will send
the card to you without any delay. I wish you Goodluck in all your

Kind Regards.
Barrister. Andy Jack Chin.

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