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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: "Dr. kabore Musa" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 1 Jan 2001 02:51:10 -0000
Subject: From Dr. Kabore Musa


Je me nomme Kabore Musa née le 31 mai 1948. J'ai du vous contacter de cette sorte parce que je souhaite faire une chose très importante. J'ai en ce moment au près d'une Banque Of Africa ou je travaille depuis 9 ans, une importante somme d'argent de 8.3 million de dollar américain. Cela vous semblera un peu suspect bien vrais que vous ne me connaissez pas et que je ne vous connais pas. Je serai gré de vous transférai cette argent dans votre compte.

Je vous donne 35% de la somme.

Veuillez me contactez dés que possible si vous êtes intéressé de ma proposition.

Dr. Kabore Musa

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