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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 Abdoul hassan <>
Date: Sun, 9 Jan 2022 02:45:25 -0800
Subject: Urgent reply

*Dear partner*

*My name is Mr. Abdoul Hassan. I am working with one of the prime banks in
Burkina Faso. Here in this bank existed a dormant account for many years,
which belonged to one of our late foreign customers. The amount in this
account stands at $22,500,000.00 (Twenty Two Million Five Hundred Thousand
US Dollars).*

*I want a foreign account where the bank will transfer this fund. I know
you would be surprised to read this message, especially from someone
relatively unknown to you. But, do not worry yourself so much. This is a
genuine, risk free and legal business transaction.*

*Reply back to me urgently, if you are interested. All details shall be
sent to you once I hear from you.*

*Best regards,*
*Mr. Abdoul Hassan*
*Email: <>*

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