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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.Mamadou Kane" <>
Date: Wed, 5 Aug 2020 19:29:55 +0200
Subject: Dear Friend

From the desk of Mr.Mamadou Kane.
Auditing Department.
Ora-Bank Management.
West Africa.

Hello Dear Friend,

My Name is Mr.Mamadou Kane,Chief accountant Officer Ora-Bank
Management,I have an important issue to discuss with you, I believe
will be of mutual benefits to both of us I wishing you a nice day and
all the good things that comes with it.Till i hear from you,

Please contact me on my private email address: for more information,

I am looking forward to your urgent reply,

Best Regards
Mr.Mamadou Kane.

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