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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: usman ibrahim <>
Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2011 05:12:25 -0800 (PST)
Subject: From Hon'Dr Usman Ibrahim,

From Hon'Dr Usman Ibrahim,


I am 'Dr Usman Ibrahim Address: #205 Ave. Kadiogo Rue de Gounghin Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.An an account officer to Mr Andreas Schranner a German who worked at Mount Resources Ltd, a geologist by profession who died in AF4590 crash since 2000 along side with his entire family (wife Maria, their daughter Andrea Eich, her husband Christian, and their children Katharina 8, and Maximilian 10. Please log on here to see for your self,


I decided to contact you purely on the personal conviction of trust and confidence to assist in distributing the funds left behind by my client. The deceased had a deposit (GP 10 Million) which I helped him to open in one of the leading banks here in Burkina Faso two years before his death. Being his attorney here, his Bank has issued me a notice to provide his next of kin or beneficiary, otherwise the account would be CONFISCATED since nobody has come forward to lay claims on the money since his death.


My search for his relative was not successful and my proposition to you is to seek your consent to present you as a beneficiary of my client, so that the proceeds of this account could be paid to you and we can share the amount on a mutually agreed-upon percentage.

All confirmable legal documents to back up your claim as my client's beneficiary will be legally here, All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this transaction through. And to gave me my own share as at when due and not to site on the fund when the money enters into your account.


This transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law if this business proposition offends your moral values, do accept my apology.


I must use this opportunity to implore you to exercise the utmost indulgence to keep this matter extraordinary confidential,because I don't want anyone here in the bank to know my involvement during the i am still in service. whatever your decisions are I await your prompt response.


Best regards,

Hon'Dr Usman Ibrahim

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