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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 E ZONGO <>
Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2022 17:27:32 +0100
Subject: Greetings to you ..


Following your silence to my first email, I have chosen to contact you
again. This is in connection with $10.2million US dollars that i want
my bank management to transfer into your own account if you agree with
me, The money belongs to a deceased foreign investor who died of
corona virus in the year 2020, i will present you to my bank as his
Next of Kin, This business offer is 100% risk free sure, I want us to
share at the ratio of 50% 50% each after the transfer into your own
bank account. This business is of mutual benefits.

Kindly contact me as soon as possible for further details.

Yours Faithfully,
Mr. Eric ZONGO

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