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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 Jack Chin <>
Date: Mon, 4 Jul 2022 10:24:13 +0000
Subject: How are you doing today?

Hello my good friend.

Good day. How are you doing today? I hope you are safe from the
CoronaVirus? And I guess it has 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 funds transferred under the co-operation of the
new partner from India, i am presently in India for an investment project.
However, I didn't forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in
transferring those funds, despite the fact that we couldn't reach a
specified conclusion. In appreciation of your effort to assist me, I and my
new partner resolved to compensate you with the sum ( $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 Mrs. Alina Joyce Bama, and her email is: (
<>* ). Tell her to send your ATM visa card worth (
$US.200,000.00 ) to you, i am very busy here in India because of the
investment projects which my new partner is 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 endeavours.

Kind Regards.
Barrister. Andy Jack Chin.

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