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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: Souleymane Oumar <>
Date: Sat, 24 Jul 2021 02:05:01 -0700
Subject: Urgently Reply Needed

I'm Souleymane Oumar, a staff member at CorisBank in
Burkina Faso. I am contacting you in regards to a deceased
client who died in an auto accident on the Ouagadougou Highway
in 2010, he was a prominent client of mine. Before his death,
my client deposited a sum of $19,700,000.00 USD (Nineteen
Million Seven Hundred United States Dollar Only) at the vault of
my financial institution here in Burkina Faso, documentations
regarding these transactions indicate that claims can only be made
by his Next of Kin. Unfortunately he had no will at the time of his

All efforts made revealed no link to any of his family members.
However, the New BF law of succession/claims/fund indicates a duration
in which such claims could be tolerated. The financial institution has
mandated me to present the next of kin who will claim the funds and
Failure to respond to this ultimatum would legally allow the financial
institute to report these funds to the Central Bank of the Burkina Faso
as unclaimed funds.

All necessary requirements concerning the release of this funds have
been put in place and It is my intention to introduce this opportunity
to you as the beneficiary. Please note that I'm legally equipped with
all necessary information/documentations concerning this fund.

Kindly get back to me with your opinion by sending your reply to my
email address: ( I will be available on
Mondays to Fridays from 9:00am to 4:00pm .

And if you eventually get this mail in your spam please kindly note
that it is the poor networking system that is in my Country

I hope to read from you soon.

Thank you for understanding.

Best Regards,
Souleymane Oumar.

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