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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: Idris Mamadoua <>
Date: Mon, 18 Mar 2019 02:29:58 -0700
Subject: Hello,

Mr. Idris Mamadoua
Bill & Exchange Manager
First Atlantic Bank
Accra Ghana ,West Africa.
Email: |

Dear Friend,

I am contacting you in regards to a business transfer of a huge sum of
money from a deceased customer's account. I decided to contact you due
to the urgency of this transaction. I discovered an abandoned sum of
$10.8 m dollars (Ten million, eight hundred thousand USD) in an
account that belongs to one of our foreign customers who died along
with his entire family.

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Since the death of Geoff Wedlock, none of his relations has come
forward to lay claims to this money as the heir. The bank cannot
release the fund from his account unless someone applies for claim as
the next of kin to the deceased as indicated in our banking
guidelines. Upon this discovery, I now seek your permission to have
you stand as a next of kin to the deceased as all documentations will
be carefully worked out by me for the fund ($10.8m) to be released in
your favor as the beneficiary's next of kin. Please acknowledge
receipt of this message in acceptance of our mutual business endeavor
by furnishing me with the following;

Your Full name: .................
Your country: ...................
Your Tel/fax: ...................
Your age: .......................
Your occupation: ................

These requirements will enable us file a letter of application form
for the claim.I shall be compensating you with 45% on final conclusion
of this project,while 50% will be for me and 5% will be for any
expenses that may come up. Your share stays with you while my own
share shall be for investment purposes in your country.If this
proposal is acceptable by you,do not take undue advantage of the trust
I have bestowed in you. Thanks for your understanding, while I expect
your urgent reply.


Mr. Idris Mamadoua

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