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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: Dr Rhama Collins <>
Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2022 18:10:04 +0100
Subject: GOOD DAY

From: Dr Rhama

Please read carefully,

This message might meet you in utmost surprise. However, it's just my
urgent need for foreign partner that made me to contact you for this
transaction. I got your contact from yahoo tourist search while I was
searching for a foreign partner. I am assured of your capability and
reliability to champion this business opportunity when I prayed about

I am a banker by profession in Burkina-Faso, West Africa and currently
holding the post of manager in account and auditing department in our
bank. I have the opportunity of transferring the left over funds ($5.5
Million Dollars) belonging to our deceased customer who died along
with his entire family in a plane crash Hence; I am inviting you for a
business deal where this money can be shared between us in the ratio
of 60/40 if you agree to my business proposal.

Further details of the transfer will be forwarded to you as soon as I
receive your return mail as soon as you receive this letter.
Please indicate your willingness by sending the below information for
more clarification and easy communication.
For more details, Contact me for more details.

(1) YOUR FULL NAME...............................
(2) YOUR AGE AND SEX............................
(3) YOUR CONTACT ADDRESS..................
(4) YOUR PRIVATE PHONE N0..........
(5) FAX NUMBER..............
(6) YOUR COUNTRY OF ORIGIN..................
(7) YOUR OCCUPATION.........................

Trusting to hear from you immediately.

Thanks & Best Regards,
Dr Rhama

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