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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: "Nikolas A. Sawadougo" <>
Date: Sat, 29 Oct 2022 19:50:25 -0700

Greetings with due respect.
I am Nikolas A. Sawadougo from Ouagadougou, Northern Burkina-Faso. I
request for your urgent assistant to move the total sum of
$29.7Million US Dollars deposited in a bank, this money is donated to
my community for the development of Gold mining structures and
equipments. My late father is a King of my community, and he was
killed by the current Military government of my country two months ago
because he refuses to release the documents of the said amount of
money to them.
I need your urgent reply to my email and possibly connect me to my
WhatsApp Number: + 226 67232501 so I can direct you how to proceed, I
am currently close to the border between my country and Mali, but I
cannot cross because my traveling document was ceased by the
Waiting your urgent reply, please this is not childish play; contact
me urgently if you are serious, this is %50 for you and %50 for me, to
make sure the funds are safe in your hands.
Nikolas A. Sawadougo.

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