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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.Ajay Dulgach" <>
Date: Fri, 6 Aug 2021 00:41:05 -0700
Subject: Dear Friend

Dear Friend

Greetings, my name is Mr.Ajay.Dulgach, the account manager in
charge of audit Foreign Remittance Unit, bank in Burkina Faso, It
is true that we have not meet each other in person, but I strongly
believe in trust and friendship in every business.

As I am contacting you independently of my investigation and no
one is informed of this communication. my reason for contacting
you is to transfer an abandoned sum of ($10.5Milloin usd ) Ten
million Five Hundred Thousand United State of American
Dollars immediately to your private bank account.

The money has been here in our bank lying dormant for
years now without anybody coming for the claim of it,
reply back for more details.


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