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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: kim joo <>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:49:29 +0900 (KST)
Subject: =?UTF-8?B?SGVsbG8gTXkgZ29vZCBmcmllbmQgcA==?=

My Dear Friend,

I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds transferred under the cooperation of a new partner from

Paraguay. Presently I am in Paraguay for investment projects with my own share of the total sum.

Meanwhile, I didn't forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in transferring those funds despite that it failed us

some how.

Now please I will advice you to contact my secretary in Ouagadougou Burkina Faso, her name is Miss Tessy Richard and here is

her private e-mail address (

You can also to call her through her direct mobile telephone: 73617491, ask her to send you the total Draft of $250.000.00

dollars which i kept for your compensation for all the past efforts and attempt to assist me in this matter.

I appreciated your efforts at that time very much. So feel free and get in touched with Miss Tessy Richard and instruct her

where to send the draft to you. Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share the joy after all the

suffer ness at that time.

In the moment, I am very busy here because of the investment projects which I and the new partner are having at hand.

Finally, remember that I had forwarded instruction to the secretary on your behalf to receive that money, so feel free to get

in touch with Miss Tessy Richard and arrange with her on how to send the draft to you as soon as you contact her.

Mis Tessy Riichard
Presently in Paraguay

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