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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: Richard Kollmar <>
Date: Tue, 4 May 2021 12:32:04 +0100


Dearest in Christ,

Greetings to you

My name is Mr.Richard Kollmar, husband to the late Mrs. Carol Kollmar,
from America, I am old I have no family no kids, I lost my wife and my
only two kids in a motor accident five years ago it's so sad for me
right now, I am very ill with cancer, doctors says I have short time
to live, I have decided to give my wealth to an honest person that can
use it to glorify the name of the lord.

After I received instruction from my God to use these fund to do GOD's
work and to give to charity, I prayed to God for direction and he has
been directing me. I told God that I want a ministry, or an honest
person who will spend the fund for things that will glorify His name.
This revelation came after my conversion from sinner to a Born Again

I received Christ and I found out that a sinner has no place in the
kingdom of God. I never had rest of mind, I seek God for forgiveness
and he revealed to me that I will only have rest of mind if I serve
him with all my wealth and he will bless me mightily.

It was when I received Christ that I realized the meaning of going to
heaven. I need to make heaven; I don't want to perish in hell fire. As
my level of Christianity was increasing, I understood that the wealth
of sinners is acquired for the just. God opened my eyes to the book of
Ecclesiastes 6, verses 1 & 2. Read this scripture and you will
understand that there are people in this world that God gave the grace
to acquire wealth yet God did not give them the grace to enjoy the

I happened to fall into the same category now it is the wish of God.
When God revealed to me to use my wealth to do his work, I understood
that God was testing me like He tested Abraham and other men of God.
Abraham needed a child and God asked him to use his only son for
sacrifice, Abraham was faithful.

He obeyed and God made him father of many nations. After the death of
my late Wife and when I was told about my illness I have to sell all
our properties which amounted to about $18.5million which I deposited
with one Bank for safety purpose if anything happen to me this funds
will be impounded you use these funds for the kingdoms work and for
charity purpose.

In His Service,
Mr.Richard Kollmar

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