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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: Armed Zango <>
Date: Sun, 18 Dec 2022 19:19:33 -1200

I am Mr.Armed Zango,from west Africa i have a business deal to share
with You in the sum of US$10,200.000.00 million united state dollars,
that is been held in our Bank here in (B.O.A) bank of Africa the fund
mentioned rightful belong to one of Our late client who deposited the
money in our bank here ever since he died nobody have been able to
apply to claim the fund so I wish that you will come and assume as his
foreign business partner also note this business is risk free not to
be sacred or doubt is real please my dearest one also Noted.Once we
succeed in Transferring this fund to your wish provided account in
your country it will shared among us in agreement of 60%40 i believe
that after this deal joy and happiness will be on our face and
family's please reply to me with your details so we can move on with
this great plan ok.

Your Full Name.......

Your Age&Sex........

Your Marital Status......

Your Country Name.......

Your Phone Number......

Your Occupation.....

Your Bank Name......

Your Account Number......

Thanks Yours Friend
Mr. Armed Zango

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