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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: daniel salif <dan_sali001@msn.com>
Reply-To: danielsalif77@icqmail.com
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 2010 03:50:15 GMT
Subject: FROM MR DANIEL SALIF.

FROM MR DANIEL SALIF.
I am the manager of the bill and exchange department of Society General of Banks in Burkina (SGBB) here in Ouagadougou the capital city of Burkina Faso. In my department we discovered an abandoned sum of US$10.5M(TEN MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND US DOLLARS) So therefore,I need your assistant so that the bank here will transfer the money into your bank account, if you are interested you should get back to me.Truly Yours, MR DANIEL SALIF (SGBB).
 
 
 
 

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