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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: "Mr. Ibrahim Idewu" <>
Date: Thu, 13 Apr 2023 09:43:55 +0100

Hello my friend

my name is Mr.Ibrahim idewu i work with a prime bank here in burkina faso
I have a business proposal for you,during our end of the year bank
audit for 2021
i descovered an abandoned fund belonging to a saudi arabia dead businessman who
unfortunately lost his life and entire family in a motor accident few years ago,
now our bank has waited and no one has shown up as the family member
to claim his
fund here in our bank,i want to present you to the bank as the next of kin after
the bank will release the money sum total {US$19.3 Million United State Dollars}
to you and we will share it 60 percent to me and 40 percent to you,all i demand
is your co operation and trust in all things till we can get this money moved to
your account i will then come over to your country for my share,please note this
is a secret between me and you no other person should hear about it
for our security
reasons.upon accepting to partner send me the below information so we
can proceed.

Please kindly contact me with your information if you are interested
in this transaction for more details(

1. Your Full Name.....................
2. Your Address......................
3. Your Country of Origin.............
4. Your Age..........................
5. Your ID card copy
6.telephone number for easy communication...............

Best regards,
Mr.Ibrahim idewu.

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