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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: Maswell Dagani <>
Date: Sat, 6 Aug 2011 04:51:58 -0700 (PDT)


Reply me through this email

Dear Friend,

How Are You? I Know That This Mail May Come To You Almost A Surprise As
We Never Met Before And Please Before You Proceed Reading This mail,This
Is True and not An Joke, Well I Saw Your Contact Email From Burkina
Faso Chambers Of Commerce, After Much Consideration I Decided To Write
You Since I Cannot Be Able To See You Face To Face For Now, At First I
Strongly Believed That Any Information Received From The Chambers Of
Commerce Office Is Correct And Must Be Trusted. But Never Mind, I Am
From (Burkina Faso West Africa) Mr.Maswell Dagani By Name, An Auditing
Debt Manager In Our Bank Here (Bank Of Africa).

I Have An Opportunity To The Sum Of Ten Millions, Five Hundred Thousand
United States Dollars (US$10.500, 000.00), To Transfer Into Your
Nominated Bank Account (The Owner Of The Money) Is An. IRAQ. Who Died A
Long With His Entire Family During The Iraq War, Upon Your Reply And
Interest To Receive This Fund On My Behalf, I Will Kindly Send You More
Details On The Execution Of This Transaction Will Commence, Now I Urge
You To Take This Message Seriously And With An Open Mind.So Please Give
It A Benefit Of Doubt,And With Good Faith And Trust Join Me And I am
Assuring You Now That You Will Never Be Disappointed.Now My Questions
Are:Can You Handle This Project With Me? Can I Give You This Trust?
Respond Back To Me Or Delete It Off If You Are Not Interested.

You May View The Website:

If You Accept This Offer To Work With Me, And You Find This Proposal
Suitable For You Do Furnish Me With The Following Information.

Your Full Name...................

Your Country................

Your Private Telephone...............

Your Age and Sex....................

Your Occupation...............

I Will Appreciate It Very Much, If This Proposal Is Acceptable By You,
Do Not Make Undue Advantage Of The Trust I Have Bestowed On You, And I
Assure You We Can Achieve It Successfully.

Reply me through this email

This Is My Private Phone Number 00226 74 71 07 53.You Can Call Me For More Explanation.


Mr.Maswell Dagani,

An Auditing Debt Manager Of Bank Of Africa

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