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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: Elizabeth Sayouba <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 3 Mar 2023 07:56:33 -0800
Subject: Re: Greetings My Dear,
Dear God's Select
I am writing this mail to you with heavy tears In my eyes and great
sorrow in my heart, My Name is Mrs Elizabeth Sayouba, I am from
Tunisia and I am contacting you from a hospital in Burkina Faso. I
want to tell you this because I don't have any other option than to
tell you as I was touched to open up to you. I married Mr. Sayouba
Brown who worked with the Tunisia Ambassador in Burkina Faso for
fifteen years before he died in 2016. We
were married for eleven years without a child.
He died after a brief illness that lasted for only three days. Since
his death I decided not to remarry. When my late husband was alive he
deposited the sum of US$ 8.500.000 Million. (Eight Million Five
hundred Thousand Dollars) in a bank in Ouagadougou the capital city
of Burkina Faso in west Africa. Presently this Money is still in the
Bank. He made this Money available for exportation of Gold from
Burkina Faso mining.
Recently, my doctor told me that I would not last for the period of
seven months due to blood cancer and hemorrhagic stroke. Having known
my condition I decided to hand this Money over to you to take care of
the less-privileged people, you will utilize this Money the way I am
going to instruct herein. I want you to take 30 Percent of the total
Money for your personal use. While 70% of the Money you will use to
build an orphanage Home in my late husband's Name. And help the poor
people in the street. I grew up as an Orphan and I don't have anybody
as my family member, just to endeavor that the House of God is
maintained. I am doing this In regards to my late husband's wish. This
illness has affected me so much. I am just like a living death.
As soon as I receive your reply. I will give you the contact of the
bank in Burkina Faso and I will also instruct the Bank Manager to
issue you an authority letter that will prove you the present
beneficiary of the Money in the Bank, that is if you assure me that
you will act accordingly as I Stated herein.
From Mrs. Elizabeth Sayouba.