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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. Sarah Bamba" <>
Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2022 11:50:46 +0100
Subject: Greetings From Mrs Sarah Bamba

Greetings to you sorry if this message came to you as a surprise My
name is Mrs Sarah Bamba I found your email address through my late
husband's internet dater late Mr Bamba Henry,

I am presently admitted at the hospital suffering from blood cancer
and Parkinson diseases. I have only about a few months to live and I
want you to Transfer the sum of ( $6.000,000.00) united states dollars
to your account so you can assist me Distribute my funds to charity
homes in your country ,

I will give you more details or full story as soon as i receive your
reply as the fund was deposited with a Bank,

Remain Blessed

Mrs Sarah Bamba

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