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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.Mahmoud Abbas" <>
Date: Tue, 16 Feb 2021 12:19:18 +0100
Subject: Dear Friend,

Dear Friend,

I am Mr.Mahmoud Abbas, the accountant personal confident to Dr.
Ravindra F. Shah who died together with his wife Dr. Mrs. Manjula
Parikh-Shah in a plane crash on the 1st Oct. 2010 on their way to
attend wedding in Boston. Dr. Ravindra F. Shah, is an American, a
physician and industrialist, he died without having any beneficiary to
his assets including his account here in Burkina Faso which he opened
in one of the Bank in the year 2000 as his personal savings for the
purpose of expansion and development of his company before his
untimely death in 2010.

The amount involved is (USD 10,500,000.00) Ten Million Five Hundred
Thousand USD, no other person knows about this account, I am
contacting you for us to transfer this funds to your account as the
beneficiary,) but I don't know any foreigner, I am only contacting you
as a foreigner because this money can not be approved to a local
person here.

Reply urgently so that I will inform you the next step to take urgently.


Mr.Mahmoud Abbas.

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