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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: Dr Justicekelvin <>
Date: Mon, 29 Nov 2021 04:07:04 -0800

Good Day,

Please Read very carefully. I am Dr. Justice Kelvin. I’m the credit
officer in a Bank here in Ouagadougou Burkina Faso. I have a business
proposal in the tune of US $ 12.5M (TWELVE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED
THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS) after the successful transfer; we
shall share in a ratio of 40% for you and 60% for me. I want to front
you in the bank so that you can apply for the claim of this fund as
the next of kin to our late customer who died years ago with his
entire family while on holidays and several attempts have been made to
locate his family without success.

You should understand that as an insider in the bank I will do
everything possible to protect your interest and to make sure that I
follow things up as soon as you are willing to work this out with me
because I will not want this money to go into the government purse.
Should you be interested, please contact me so that we can commence on
all arrangements and I Will you more information on how we would
handle this project. Please treat this business with utmost
confidentiality and send me the Following information:

(1Your )Full names: .........
(2)your Private phone number.........
(3)Your Current residential address:.....
(5) Age ....................

Here is the website for more information about the owner of the fund’s death 07/21/Worldandnation/12_

Dr. Justice Kelvin.

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