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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: Mr Mukesh Kumar <>
Date: Tue, 3 Sep 2019 12:24:08 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Please urgent response

Please urgent response, I am Mr Mukesh Kumar..., the Audit and Account Manager
(ADB)Bank in Ouagadougou Burkina Faso west Africa.

My Dear,How are you together with your family? Considering the fact, I
did not know you in person or even have seen you before but due to the
true revelation that I should share this lucrative opportunity with
you, I have no choice other than to contact you. So,kindly consider
this message essential and confidential.

I had the intent to contact you over transfer of fund worth the sum of
twelve million two hundred thousand u.s dollars. (US$12,2 Million for
the betterment of our life, I agree 50% of the total amount will be
for you and 50% for me.
I need your urgent response on assurance of trust that you will not
deny my share when once the fund is transfer to your personal bank
Your urgently responses is needed reply with your information as I
stated it below for more details.

1). Full names:...
2). private phone number
3). country:...
4). occupation:...

My Regards.From
Mr Mukesh Kumar

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