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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: "Dr.Richard Bright" <>
Date: Thu, 2 Jun 2016 13:47:12 -0700
Subject: thanks and hope to hear from you very soon

Hello Friend,
I'm sorry but happy to inform you about my success in getting those
funds transferred under the cooperation of a new partner from indian
though I tried my best to involve you in the businnes but God decided
the whole situations.

Presently i'm in indian 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 contact my secretary in Burkina faso his name is Mr Lawrence
kabelo his E-mail address is

Ask him to send you the total of $800.000.00 (Eight Hundred Thousand
Dollars Only) which I kept for your compensation for all your past
efforts and attempts to assist me in this transaction.

I appreciated your efforts at that time very much. so feel free and
get in touched with my secretary and dont forget to let me know
immediately you receive it so that we can share the joy after all the
sufferness at that time.

in the moment, I’m 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 Mr Jerry he will send
amount to you without any delay.
Your brother,
Mr.Richard bright

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