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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. Maya Olivia" <>
Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2022 05:13:15 +0000
Subject: My husband wish, can I trust you?.

My husband wish, can I trust you?

I am Mrs. Maya Oliver, from Norway
. Firstly, I am married to Mr. Patrick Oliver, A diamond and gold
merchant who owns a small gold Mine in Burkina Faso and Egypt Cairo;
He died of Cardiovascular Disease in mid-March 2011. During his
lifetime he deposited the sum of € 18.5 Million Euro) Eighteen
million, Five hundred thousand Euros in a bank in Ouagadougou the
capital city of Burkina Faso. The deposited money was from the sale of
the shares, death benefits payment and entitlements of my deceased
husband by his company.

Since his death I decided not to remarry, When my late husband was
Alive he deposited the sum of € 18.5 Million Euro) Eight million, Five hundred
thousand Euro) in a bank in Burkina Faso, Presently this money is
still in bank. And My Doctor told me that I don't have much time to
live because of the cancer problem,

Having known my condition I decided to hand you over this fund to take
care of the less-privileged people, you will utilize this money the
way I am going to instruct herein. I want you to take 35% Percent of
the total money for your personal use While 65% of the money will go
to charity" people and helping the orphanage.

I don't want my husband's efforts to be used by the Government. I grew
up as an Orphan and I don't have anybody as my family member,
Meanwhile i have concluded with the bank to transfer the funds to you,
once you are in contact with them by any of the transfer method as
listed below
the total funds is currently with the RIA transfer company under the
guiding of my bank director and they have been instructed to transfer
the funds to you through the listed options bellow

1, Money Gram
2, ATM card,
4, Online Transfer

note that the mention above method of transfer is 100% guarantee for
you to received the funds without much delaying, once you are in
contact with them, base on the urgency required for you to handle
the project, as my doctors has confirmed that I don’t have much time
to live, bellow is the contact of the RIA and Money Gram transfer
office manager who will proceed the transfer to you once you are in
contact with them.

CONTACT PERSON: Mr. Mohamed SIMPORE - Directeur général
Phone Numbers: (+226) 25 49 24 0470
let me know once you start receiving the funds bit by bit
Mrs. Maya Oliver,

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