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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: Aly Ouedraogo <>
Date: Sat, 29 Oct 2022 21:48:35 +0100
Subject: Dear Friend,

Dear Friend,
I am the Accounting manager of U.B.A BANK, I Hoped that you will not expose
or betray this trust and confident that I am about to repose on you for the
mutual benefit of our both families. I need your urgent assistance in
transferring the sum of Five Million Five Hundred Thousand United State
Dollars Only (US$5,500,000) immediately to your nominated bank account.
I want you to apply for release of the fund to you as the nearest person to
our deceased customer Eng. Henrico NKOSIYABO, from South Africa (the owner
of the account) who died a long with his supposed next of kin in Kenya
Airways Flight 507 crash on 5 May 2007. I don't want the fund to transfer
into our Bank treasury as an abandoned fund (unclaimed fund), so this is
the reason why I contacted you, so that my Bank will release the fund to
you as the nearest person to the deceased customer.
Please I would like you to keep this proposal as a top secret or deletes it
if you are not interested to do it with me. Upon receipt of your reply I
will send you the application form you will fill and send to the bank for
transfer of the fund into your bank account and also note that you will
have 45% of the above mentioned amount if you agree to help me execute this
business together with the handling of the expenses and on our success to
this transfer we will donate 5% to any charitable Organization of our
choice in your country or in my country and 50% is for me as the
originator. I need your information so that I will send you the application
Your Full Name:
Your Home Addresses:
Private Telephone:
Marital Status:
International Passport or ID card:
Am Waiting for your urgent reply so that we will starts immediately,
Best Regards,
Mrs. Aly Ouedraogo (you can contact me throw my private email id,

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