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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.Pedro Luise" <>
Date: Sat, 6 Nov 2021 10:20:00 +0100
Subject: Dear Friend

Greeting My Dear

Before I introduce myself, I wish to inform you that this letter is
not a hoax mail,My name is Mr.Pedro Luise.from Burkina Faso, West
Africa. I work in Society General Burkina Faso (SG;BF) as telex
manager with the business proposal of ($10.5million Dollars) to
transfer into your account,

if you are interested get back to proceed about the fund to be
transfer your account your country get back to me proceed so that i
can give you details about the transaction,

if you believe to work with me nobody come it asking you about the
fund, looking forward to hearing from you immediately for further
information,I await your response to give you more details.this my

Thanks with all my best regards.
Mr.Pedro Luise,
Telex Manager

Society General Burkina Faso (SG.BF)

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