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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.steve collins." <>
Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2022 05:57:59 +0100
Subject: My name is Mr. Steve Collins.

My name is Mr. Steve Collins .from Burkina Faso, I'm the Chairman of
Remittance Department of African Development Bank (ADB) Burkina Faso,
I have($17.4million Dollars) to transfer to your country for
investment,and the fund has been transfered to our Corresponding bank
in Malaysia, And i have all the documents you will present to our
corresponding bank in Malaysia,for the transfer of the fund to your
bank account without any delay.

And if you are interested get back to me immediately for more details
and i will give you 40% and 60% for me and what i needed from you to
keep it a top secret.

please No risk involved. Contact me for more details along with your
personal information needed below.

(1) Your full name
(2) Your age
(3)Your occupation
(4)Your marital status
(5)Your full residential address and country.
(6)Your direct phone and fax numbers.
(7)A copy of your driving license or passport scanned and sent to me by mail.

I am waiting to hear from you soon.

Thank and Best regards,
Mr. Steve Collins.

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