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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: "jirmanata ibrahim" <>
Date: Wed, 16 May 2007 22:51:36 +0000
Subject: I cries for help.(Your urgent response is highly needed).Reply soonest please.

Dearest Sir/madam,

My name is Miss.Jirmanata Ibrahim,a Sierra Leonian by birth, residing in
Burkina-Faso,West Africa.You will be surprise to receive this mail from a
total stranger like me,Anyway,i got your contact through network-online
media,and i decided to approach you for assistance.

My father,the late Dr.Ibrahim.s.Mustapha,was one of the prominent
Diamond dealers in my country Sierra Leone, he was also one of the paramont
chiefs in my town before He was murdered in cold blood early last year
alongside with my mother by the Rebels of (R.U.F )when they invaded the

When i got home from school to see the remains of my late father and other
family members,i discovered that my home had been burnt down and my parents
were both murdered by the Rebels of (R.U.F) that has been fighting against
the legitimate Government in my country since 1992.

My late father deposited the sum of (USD$12.3million),at the Bank Of
Africa as a fixed deposit account,here in Ouagadougou Burkina Faso,West
Africa before his untimely death,this money was meant to be used to build an
ultral mordern medical Clinic here in Burkina-Faso for me after i shall have
completed my studies as a qualified Doctor, but untimely death of my parents
have denied me this good opportunity.

Now,as the next of kin, and the only survived child.I am to make the
claim,but i needed a reliable person as a foriegner with a foriegn
account number,through whom i could move the money abroad and who will
subsequently help me to invest the money wisely while i go back to school to
complete my education.

Bear in mind that i would entrust this money in your hands if you
would be willing to help me in this matter.I am also willing to give you 40%
of the total sum if you will be willing to assist me in this matter.In
addition,i will equally add 5% to your 40%, after the transfer to cover any
expenses which may be incured in the cause of moving this money abroad to
your bank account.Meaning that you will be entitled to 45% of the total sum
after the transfer.

If you can assist me,please get back to me promptly through this my
E-mail address so that we can discuss the modalities of making this move.I
will equally insist that you make it a very private, and confidential
matter.I look forward to hear from you soonest.I will equally send to
you the certificate of deposit of the fund, and my refuge identity card for
trust,and assurance in you of the geniuety of this claim.

Thanks From,
Miss.Jirmanata Ibrahim.

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