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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: "Miss. Raquelle Winlin" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 7 Jul 2022 13:30:51 -0700
Subject: Do not take this message as a junk message.

My Humble Greetings,
Please with my humble respect and regards, do not take this message as a junk message, allow me to introduce myself to you.
My name is Miss Raquelle Winlin. I am 15 years old, an orphan and daughter of the late Mrs. Oswaldo Tegliz Winlin, who was a Gold miner from the Ivory Coast. My father and mother died about 2 years ago and since their death, The relatives of my late father have taken everything from me, now they want me dead for my inheritance. I contacted you because I want you to save my future and my heritage by helping me move out of here and start a new life abroad, since I have been hidden and nobody knows where I am.
I escaped with documents of money ($5.8m USD) deposited in a Bank and the problem is that my late mother had an agreement with the bank that I must present a foreign partner before the money is transfer abroad for investment purposes. Now the reason I'm contacting you is to be my foreign partner, so I can introduce him to my Bank so that the bank transfers this fund to your Bank account in your country and as soon as the money is transferred you will help me to continue life and education in your country under your care and guidance. When I hear from you, I will give you more details and information.
Best regards,
Miss. Raquelle Winlin

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