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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: rose buckley <>
Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2022 10:56:01 +0000
Subject: Only Faithful Believe.

Only Faithful Believe.

How are you? Hope everything goes well.

Although I am not comfortable to send this proposal to you because of
increase in SCAM and FRAUD especially in Africa. It's my pleasure to brief
you with this. I am writing this mail to you with heavy tears In my eyes
and great sorrow in my heart, I want to tell you this because I don't have
any other option than to tell you as I was touched to open up to you, I
married to Mr.Sangoule Buckley who was exporter of Gold from Burkina Faso
mining to worldwide for ten years before he died in the year 2010.We were
married for 16 years without a child. He died after a brief illness that
lasted for only six days. Since his death I decided not to remarry, when my
late husband was alive he deposited the sum of US$ 8.5M (eight million five
hundred united dollars) in bank and presently this money is still in bank,
He made this money available for exportation of Gold from Burkina Faso
mining to worldwide.

Recently, I suffer from throat cancer terminally ill. My Doctor told me
that I am condemned to certain death due to cancer problem. The one that
disturbs me most is my stroke sickness .Having known my condition I decided
to hand you over this money to take care of the less-privileged people, you
will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein.

As soon a s I receive your reply I will instruct the Bank Manger to
immediately transfer you the fund.
I await your prompt reply.Please send the following: Reply To This E-mail

Yours sincerely.

Mrs.Rose Buckley

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