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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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Fraud email example:

From: Abla Ibrahim <>
Date: Fri, 6 Apr 2018 05:06:47 -0400
Subject: Miss Abla Ibrahim.

My Name is Abla Ibrahim from Libya, I am 22 years old, I am in St. Christopher's Parish for refugee in Burkina Faso under United Nations High commission for Refugee ,I lost my parents in the recent war in Libya, right now am in Burkina Faso, please save my life I am in danger I need your help in transferring my inheritance my father left behind for me in a Bank in Burkina Faso here, All I need is a foreigner who will stand as the foreign partner to my father and beneficiary of the fund.

The money deposited in the Bank is US$10.500.000, (TEN MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLAR)

I just need this fund to be transfer to your account so that i will come over to your country and complete my education as you know that my country have been in deep crisis due to the war and I cannot go back there again because I have nobody again all of my family were killed in the war.

If you are interested to save me and help me receive my inheritance fund Please get back to me for more details about me and the inheritance funds.

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Miss Abla Ibrahim.

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