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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: "Dr Rhama Hassan" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 3 Mar 2023 10:18:39 +0100
Subject: Please read carefully,

From: Dr Rhama Hassan,
Please read carefully,

This message might meet you in utmost surprise. However, it's just my urgent need for foreign partner that made me contact you for this transaction. I got your contact from yahoo tourist search while I was
searching for a foreign partner. I am assured of your capability and reliability to champion this business opportunity when I prayed about you.

I am a banker by profession in Burkina-Faso, West Africa and currently holding the post of manager in account and auditing department in our bank. I have the opportunity of transferring the left over funds ($5.5 Million Dollars) belonging to our deceased customer who died along with his entire family in a plane crash

Hence; I am inviting you for a business deal where this money can be shared between us in the ratio of 60/40 if you agree to my business proposal.

Further details of the transfer will be forwarded to you as soon as I receive your return mail as soon as you receive this letter.

Please indicate your willingness by sending the below information for more clarification and easy communication. For more details, Contact me for more details.

For the Expenses, I will be the one to take care of the expenses, if the bank asks

you for any money, do not pay, inform me in time i will pay it. I will take care of


(3) YOUR PRIVATE PHONE N0..........
(4) YOUR COUNTRY OF ORIGIN..................
(5) YOUR OCCUPATION.........................

Trusting to hear from you immediately.
Thanks & Best Regards,
Dr Rhama Hassan

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