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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: abudul rahim <>
Date: Fri, 25 Feb 2022 05:23:27 +0100
Subject: Attention Beneficiary!

Attention Beneficiary!

I am Mr.abudul rahim .the head of file department United Bank for Africa
(U.B.A) here in Burkina Faso / Ouagadougou. In my department I
discover an abandoned sum of (US$10.5M) in an account that belongs to
one of our foreign customer who died along with his family in plane

It is therefore upon this discovery that I now decided to make this
business proposal to you and release the money to you as the next of
kin or relation to the deceased for the safety and subsequent
disbursement since nobody is coming for it. I agree that 40% of this
money will be for you, and 60% would be for me. Then after the money
is been transferred into your account, I will visit your country for
an investment under your kind control.

You have to contact my Bank directly as the real next of kin of this
deceased account with next of kin application form which I will send
to you immediately I hear from you. All you are required to do now is
to confirm the bellow information through my private email address for
a security reasons ( to enable us commence

1. Your Full Name:---------------
2. Home Address: ---------------
3. Age & Sex: ---------------------
4. Occupation: --------------------
5. Cell Phone: ---------------------
6. State of Origin: ----------------
7. Country: --------------------------
8: Marital Status: -----------------
9: Your International Passport or Driving License

Waiting to hear from you soon.

Yours faithfully,
Mr.abudul rahim

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