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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 4 Mar 2023 00:42:05 +0100
Subject: RE: GREETING!!!

Hi, Nice to meet you
How are you doing Today, My name is Miss Rosalyn Richardson,
Please i have something important that i want to discuss with you, please promise to be sincere with me because i'm seeking for your humble assistance to help invest a fund for me in your country, Which i inherited from my late father before his sudden death the sum of Two million six hundred and fifty thousand America dollars. that my uncle wants to take from me. because i am the only female child from my late parents.

I will be happy to join you in your country to invest and have a good education when the fund is transferred to you.
Please beloved, I will be happy to receive your good will message so that i will give you more information about me and the fund. please keep this message on yourself because my wicked uncle is after me to kill me and take this fund, that is the reason why i need your help to move from my country and join you over there in your country.
God bless you
Miss Rosalyn Richardson

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