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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: Miss Aish Ibrahim <>
Date: Fri, 7 May 2021 16:53:47 +0200
Subject: Dear Friend

Dear Friend,

How are you doing with your family? I hope fine. I'm happy to inform
you about my success in getting those funds transferred under the
co-operation of a new partner from Venezuela, Presently I’m in
Venezuela, and meanwhile I didn't forget your past efforts to assist
me in transferring those funds despite that it failed us somehow.

Now contact my secretary in Burkina-Faso West Africa through his
e-mail id ( ask him to send you the ATM
worth sum of ($850,000 US Dollars) which I kept for your compensation
for all the past efforts and attempts to assist me in this

So feel free and get in touch with my secretary Mr.Idris Musa, he will
end the ATM CARD to you and you should not forget to send him your
information where he will send your ATM CARD to avoid any mistake.

Miss Aish Ibrahim.

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