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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: "Mr. X"
Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2022 08:22:43 -0700
Subject: Your should contact my secretary

Dear friend Contact my secretary with this Email ( )

I am sorry, but to tell your about my successes getting the fund remitted through a co-operation of new business partner from U-Emirates I tried my possible best to involves you’re in Gold and Diamond business, Almighty decided whole conditions I am presently in Bangladesh for project/investments with my owner percentage share of total fund sum

I don’t forget you past attempts/effort for assists me in remittance of the fund despite that it’s failed us that period time

Your should contact my secretary in Burkina Faso
Name. Mr Joe Fisher

Tell/advice him to send your ATM Visa Card sum of (USD $2,500,000) I kept for you compensations in all past attempts/effort your made for assist me in past I so much appreciated your assist/effort during the period time so feel free get in touch with my secretary his name Mr Fisher Joe, instructs him where to send the ATM Visa Card worth of (USD $2,500,000) to your

This amount is me and my new partner contributed it to offered your amount (USD $1,500,000) is from my own percentage share then my new partner offered your (USD $1,000,000) from his own percentage share because I explained everything to him that your are first person I contacted who assisting me but your couldn’t make it he says okay there’s no problem

Now your should keep everything secret/confidential for my successfully because I know that it was your only knew how I made this money in life so kept everything secret/confidential, I hope your understood reason why this big amount of money was kept for your??

Please du inform me immediately you received the ATM Visa Card sum of (USD $2,500,000) so that we will share our joys after all suffering at past time period am very here because I and my new partner having big investment projects at hands now

Your should remembered that I have forward instructions to the secretary on your behalf to send the ATM Visa Card to you immediately, feel free to contact the secretary so that he will send the ATM Visa Card sum of Two Million Five-Hundred Thousand United State Dollars (USD $2,500,000) to you immediately without west any time

Yours faithfully
Mrs. Elizabeth Thomas

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