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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: JANET <>
Date: Sun, 12 Dec 2021 12:59:38 +0000
Subject: Hello Dear

Hello Dear

I am Janet Bilel Diffalah, a 24 years old female from Canada. I am the
daughter of Late. Bilel Diffalah. My late father was a well-known teacher
in Toronto, Canada, Hygiene & Biosecurity Advisor my Father was also into
Gold exportation from the republic of Burkina Faso and He died on Aug 14,
2017 following a terrorist attack at a restaurant in the country capital
of Burkina Faso (BF). I am constrained to contact you because of the
suffering and the pains i am going through since the death of my father ,
you can read more about my late Father death through the below links:

I am looking for a trustee/business partner . My father of blessed memory
deposited the sum of US$ 4.5 Million in one bank in Burkina Faso with my
name as the next of kin. So, if you are interested, please reply to me so
that i can tell you more details.
Thanking you a lot in anticipation of your quick response. I will give you
details in my next mail after receiving your acceptance mail to help me,

Yours sincerely

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