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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: Ahmed Yamani <>
Date: Fri, 03 Mar 2023 09:25:18 -0800
Subject: Dear Friend,


Assaalamu Alaikkum.

I know that this message will come to you as a surprise as we never meet
before. I am the Auditing and Accounting section manager in BANK OF
AFRICA (BOA) Ouagadougou Burkina Faso. I Hope that you will not expose
or betray

this trust and confident that I am about to impose on you for the mutual
benefit of our both families.

I need your urgent assistance in transferring the sum of $45 Million US
Dollars to your account within 10 or 14 banking days. This money has
been dormant for years in our Bank without claim. I want the bank to
release the

money to you as the nearest person to our deceased customer I don't want
the money to go into bank treasury as an abandoned fund. So this is the
reason why I am contacting you so that the bank can release the money to
you as

the next of kin to the deceased customer.

Please I would like you to keep this proposal as a top secret and delete
it if you are not interested. Immediately, I will not fail to inform you
that this transaction is 100% risk free, On smooth conclusion of this
transaction, you

will be entitled to 40% of the total sum as gratification, while 50% 10%
for any incurable expenses that will come during the transfer, you have
been advised to keep top
secret as we are still in service and intend to retire from service
after we conclude this deal with you.

I will be monitoring the whole situation here in the bank until you
confirm the money in your account and ask us to come down to your
country for subsequent sharing of the fund according to percentages
previously indicated and

further investment, either in your country or any other country you may
advise us to invest in.

All other necessary information will be sending to you when I hear from
you i suggest you get back to me as soon as possible stating your wish
in this deal.

Best Regard
From Mr. Ahmed Yamani

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