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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: "Mrs.Kadi BALLA" <>
Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2022 01:46:41 +0000
Subject: Hello Can I trust you?

Greetings to you and your family, I know that my message will come to you
as a surprise, please accept my apology, I am Mrs.Kadi Balla, a widow from
Burkina Faso west African, I am sending this brief letter to solicit your
partnership to transfer, Seven million five hundred thousand united states
dollars. I shall send you more information and procedures when I receive
positive response from you

Best Regards
Mrs.Kadi Balla

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