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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: "Mr. Handase Ebbe" <>
Date: Fri, 9 Sep 2022 11:24:49 +0100
Subject: Greetings Please.


My name is Mr. Handase Ebebe. I am working with one of the prime banks
here in Burkina Faso. Here in this bank existed a dormant account for
many years, which belong to one of our late foreign customer Mr.
Moises Saba Masri from Mexico.

You can get more information's as regards to this on below
When I discovered that there had been neither deposits nor withdrawals
from this account for this long period, I decided to carry out a
system investigation and discovered that none of the family member or
relations of the late person are aware of this account, which means
nobody will come to take it.

The amount in this account stands at $18,300, 000.00 (Eighteen Million
Three Hundred Thousand USA Dollars). I want a foreign account where
the bank will transfer this fund, I will front you in the bank as the
Next of Kin to the late customer and back you up with relevant

What the bank need is proof and information about the late customer
which I will assist you on. his is a genuine, risk free and legal
business transaction, All details shall be sent to you once I hear
from you.

The information as contained herein be accorded the necessary
attention, urgency as well as the secrecy it deserves.

If you are really sure of your integrity, trustworthy and
confidentiality reply back to me urgently through my private email
here: ( ).

Best regards,
Mr. Handase Ebbe

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