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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: "Ambassador Ivonne Juez Abuchacra de Baki" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 8 Sep 2022 13:46:59 -0000

My dear friend

I am Ivonne Juez Abuchacra De Baki. Ecuador Ambassador to the United
This is the second time I am making an attempt to reach you!

I have an obligation that I will LOVE you to handle!

You can read more about me from the below link

I am soliciting your consent for a business partnership.

At the last auditing of all accounts under my care as the Ambassador by
independent auditors, I uncovered an over inflated taxes paid by some
contractors which amounts to US$585,075,000.00 {585 million} hidden in an
escrow account belonging to my organization in one of the very big banks.
The discovery came to me as a shock because the head of accounts before his
unfortunate death from #COVID-19 last year was directed to deactivate and
discontinue most of the accounts so as to narrow down to just a few for
easier access and accountability. So it came to me as a surprise when the
independent auditors I hired found out payments were made to it from 2018
till present as it was still functional. The good news is that the details
have been handed back to me and the existence of this account with
US$585,075,000.00 is known by me alone.

As the chief executive and first person here in charge of all affairs and
funds, I can authorize the transfer of these funds to your bank account
within fourteen (14) working days if you will partner with me. I have a
compensation plan in mind for you.

For your cooperation, you will be entitled to twenty (20%) of the total
Fifteen (15%) will go to the bank officials that will facilitate the
transfer of the fund to you.And Ten (10%) is mapped out for any expenses
during the process of the transfer of the fund to you.The remaining
fifty-five (55%) will be transferred to the account I would provide for you
later on after the fund is released to you.

To avoid any delay in the transfer process, the bank will delegate an
immediate transfer of the fund to your designated bank account by wire
transfer. If you are interested, then get back to me ASAP, as I hope to
hear from you today.

Best regards,
Ambassador Ivonne Juez Abuchacra de Baki
Ecuador Ambassador to the United States.

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