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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: =?UTF-8?B?TXIuwqBBYnXCoFNhbGFt?= <>
Date: Wed, 12 Apr 2023 17:27:28 +0000

Dear Friend,

My name is Mr. Abu Salam. I am working with one of the prime banks in
Burkina Faso. Here in this bank existed adormant accountfor many
years, which belonged to one of our late foreign customers. The amount
in this account stands at $13,300,000.00 (Thirteen Million Three
Hundred Thousand US Dollars).

I want a foreign account where the bank will transfer this fund. I
know you would be surprised to readthis message,especially fromsomeone
relatively unknown to you. But, do not worry yourself so much. This is
a genuine, risk free and legal business transaction. All details shall
be sent to you once I receive your kind response.

I was very fortunate to come across the deceased customer's security
file during documentation of old and abandoned customer's files for an
official documentation and audit of the year 2022.

If you are really sure of your sincerity, trustworthiness,
accountability and confidentiality over this transaction, reply back
to me urgently through my private email address:

Best regards.
Mr. Abu Salam

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