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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: "Idrissa Bamogo" <>
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2008 14:15:43 +0200
Subject: Your immediate contract payment.

From the desk of the,

Auditing and accounting manager,

Bank of Africa , Ouagadougou-Burkina Faso


Telephone: +22678900178.

*Your immediate contract payment.*
Good Day !

We Apologies, for the delay of your payment and all the Inconveniences and
Inflict that we might have indulge you through. However, we were having some
minor problems with our payment system, which is Inexplicable, and have held
us stranded and Indolent, not having the Aspiration to devote our 100%
Assiduity in accrediting foreign contract payments.

From the Records of outstanding contractors due for payment with the federal
government of Burkina Faso , your name and company was discovered as next on
the list of the outstanding contractors who have not yet received their

I wish to inform you now that the square peg is now in square whole and can
be voguish for that your payment is being processed and will be released to
you as soon as you respond to this letter. Also note that from my records in
my file your outstanding contract payment is USD$25.700, 000.00(Twenty Five
Million Seven Hundred Thousand United States dollars).

Kindly re-confirm to me the followings:

Your Full Name: _____________________________

Your Complete Address:_______________________

Name of City of Residence :_____________________


Direct Telephone Number:______________________

Mobile Number:______________________________

Age :_______________________________________

Fax Number:__________________________________

Occupation: __________________________________

Scan Copy of Your Identity_________________________

As soon as this information is received, your payment will be made to you by
the Diplomatic Agency or Wired Transfer into your nominated bank account
directly from central bank of Burkina Faso .

Best regards,

Dr.Idrissa Bamogo

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