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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: Suleman Abu <>
Date: Sun, 3 Jul 2022 15:57:45 -0700
Subject: Urgent Reply

With due respect to your personality and much sincerity of this
purpose, I make this contact with you believing that you can be of
great assistance to me. My name is Mr.Suleman Abu, from Burkina Faso,
Director of Foreign Remittance Department of African Development Bank
(ADB) Burkina Faso, Please see this as a confidential message and do
not reveal it to another person because it’s a top secret.

It is with trust that I wish to contact you on this matter concerning
the transfer of US$17.4 Million Dollars. This money came out from
Contract that was awarded to a foreign company for Maintenance of OIL
REFINERY PLANT in Burkina Faso years back. Contract
No;SONABHY/EPR/104/PED/2004, The contract was over-invoiced by me to
the tune of US$17.4 million Only, and this fund have transfer to our
Corresponding bank in Dubai so they'll transfer the funds to your bank
account, And i have all the documents you will present to our
corresponding for the transfer the fund to your bank account without
any delay.

I have unanimously decided to transfer the Funds to a reliable foreign
bank account, I want to present you to the bank to provide a reliable
bank account where this money will be transferred to you, because we
Civil Servants and as a banker we are not allowed to operate any
foreign bank account while in services. I have worked out all
modalities put in place for legal and safe transfer of the funds
directly into your nominated bank account. And note that I have lost
some funds in the past in similar transfer but i repose trust in you
based on your profile and i need a mutual agreement for safe keeping
of the funds.

Due to my position in the bank and my retirement approaching, I cannot
afford a slip in this transaction. Contact me with these information
mentioned hereunder;

(1) Your complete names/company names
(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 shall use this information to secure all the original copies of the
contract documents and will further negotiate with you on your
compensation/percentage that you deserve to participate in this
Transaction. Please, note that this transaction needs utmost
Confidentiality pending when the money is credited into your account.
I'm looking forward to your favorable response in this matter.

Thanks in anticipation,
Mr.Suleman Abu

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