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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: Maki <>
Date: Tue, 30 Jul 2019 05:39:05 -0700
Subject: ,

Dear Friend.

My name is:Maki, a banker in one of the banks in my country
Burkina Faso in African.I Hoped that you will not expose or betray
this trust and confident that I am about to repose on you for the
mutual benefit of our both families.I need your urgent assistance in
transferring the sum into your account.The money has been dormant for
years in our Bank here without anybody coming for it. I want to
release the money to you as the nearest person to our deceased
customer (the owner of the account) who died along with his supposed
next of kin few years ago. I don't want the money to go into our Bank
treasury account as unclaimed fund. So this is the reason why I
contacted you, so that we will release the money to you as the nearest
person to the deceased customer. Please I would like you to keep this
proposal as a top secret or delete it from your mail box, if you are
not interested,i will be waiting for your reply immediately,


친애 하는 친구,
내 이름은 다음과 같습니다: 마 키 탕 자, 나는 당신을 위한 사업 제안이, 얻을
당신이 더 많은 세부 사항에 관심이 있다면 나에 게 돌아갑니다.

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