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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: abukaji amadu <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 18 Nov 2007 07:26:40 +0000

I am Mr abukaji amadu, a financial consultant based in Burkina Faso. I have a client (awidow) she has USD15.5M with a private equity investment trustcompany for safe keeping only.

She wishes to invest in a stable economy Her interest is in companies with potentials for rapid growth in long terms.

My client is interested in placing part of her fund in your company,if your country's bilaws allows foreign investment.You can contact me for more details via my e-mail address with your reference. Yours faithfully, Mr abukaji amadu.

Estoy Sr abukaji amadu, un consultor financiero con sede en Burkina Faso. Tengo un cliente (awidow) Que ha USD15.5M con una inversión de capital privado la confianza Para la empresa Custodia solamente. Ella desea invertir en una economía estable Su interés es en las empresas con potencial de rápido crecimiento de largo Términos. Mi cliente está interesada en colocar parte de su fondo en su Empresa, en caso de su país bilaws permite a la inversión extranjera. Puede ponerse en contacto conmigo para obtener más información a través de mi dirección de correo electrónico con su Referencia. Le saluda atentamente, Sr abukaji amadu.

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