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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: Mrs Irene Raya <>
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 2021 11:43:48 -0700
Subject: Greetings Dear Friend

I know that this message might come to you as a surprise because we don't
know each other nor have we ever met before but accept it with an open and
positive mind, because I have a very important request that made me to
contact you in this regard.

I am a widow diagnosed with brain tumor disease. it has gotten to a very
bad stage which my doctors have confirmed and announced to me that I have
just a few days to leave, Now that I’m ending the race like this, without
any family members and no child.

I was a business woman from Indonesia dealing with gold exportation here in
the Republic of Burkina Faso. I have decided to hand over and entrust the
sum of ($10.5 Million Dollar) in my account to you for the mutual benefit
of the orphans and the less privileged ones in your location to fulfill my
wish on earth.

But before handing over my data’s to you, I want you to understand that It
will be my pleasure to compensate you as my Investment Manager/Partner with
50% percent of the total money for your effort in handling the transaction,
while 50% of the fund will be invested into the charity project there in
your country.

Meanwhile if only you are interested I am waiting for your prompt response
Now I have access to the Internet in the hospital, I will give you further
details and my data. Please always check your e-mail as I have only a few
days to leave on this earth. Your early response will be appreciated.

Yours Faithfully,
Mrs Irene Raya.

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