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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: Amina Terfas <>
Date: Mon, 2 Oct 2017 10:25:11 -0400
Subject: Assalamu alaykum

Dear Sir/ Madam,
I'm Mrs. Amina Amer Terfas
Writing From Kaya, Burkina Faso
Contact E-mail:

I am writing to seek for your help due to my country current situation. I am Mrs. Amina Amer Terfas, from LIBYA; I was married to Late Mr. Amer Salah
Terfas, The Former Executive of an Investment Company run by the late dictator’s son, Seif al-Islam. My husband was accused of moving $20 million to
private accounts in neighboring country Tunisia to finance logistical support for loyalist forces during the war and he was sentenced to death along with eight other figures from the former dictatorship, including the former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi and Gaddafi’s last prime minister, Al-Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmoudi.

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Moreover, since after the death of our Former President Late Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, the country has fallen into near anarchy. Three governments are currently vying for power in the country, along with several insurgent groups. Due to the problems in my country Libya, I find it necessary to diversify our investments to outside my country to safe guard against the future of my daughter.

I am contacting you to discuss and know the possibility of establishing Joint investment cooperation with you under your management with a sum of (USD$7.500, 000.00) which was deposited by Late husband secret account here in Burkina Faso. I am willing to compensate you with 30% after you have confirmed the fund into your bank account, while the remaining balance shall be my capital investment into a profitable business venture in your country.

I wait to hear from you for more details.
Yours Sincerely,
Mrs. Amina Amer Terfas.
Please contact me at this E-mail:

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