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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: "mohammad zongo" <>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2008 08:40:57 +0000
Subject: Dear partner,

*Dear partner, *


*How are you? I hope you are very fine with your entire family.If so glory
be to almigthy God.I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting those
funds transferred under the cooperation of a new partner from Mexico.

Presently i'm in Mexico for investment projects with my own share of the
total sum. meanwhile,I didn't forget your past efforts and attempts to
assist me in transferring those funds despite that it failed us some how.Now
contact my secretary in Burkina-Faso West Africa through her e-mail id, **ask her to send you the total cheque of
$400.000.00 dollars which I kept for your compensation for all the past
efforts and attempts to assist me in this transaction.I appreciated your
efforts at that time very much. so feel free and get in touched with my
secretary Ms. Marriam and instruct her the address where to send the cheque
to you.Please do let me know immediately you receive it, in the moment, I'm
very busy here because of the investment projects which we are having at
Finally, remember that I had forwarded instruction to my secretary on your
behalf to deliver that cheque to you, so feel free to get in touch with him
by Telephone, he will send the cheque to you without any delay.*


*Regards, *


*Mr.Zongo M. Wederaogo.*

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