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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: "ADAMA YAMBA" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 17 Aug 2011 02:04:09 +0200

From: Mr. Adama Yamba
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Dear Good Friend,

I am Adama Yamba, I have a business proposal of US$12,000,000.00 which I want you to handle with me from my bank as a beneficiary. If you are interested, please send me your full contact information as below and after that I will send to you the details of the business.
This account belong to one of our foreign customers (Late) Mr. Moises Saba Masri. He was one of the board shareholders in telecommunication in Burkina Faso from Mexico; he died on a helicopter crash. You can get more information's on the site web address below.,7340,L-3832556,00.html?

Also this matter should be a confidential between you and me and please delete it if you are not interested, I don't want any person in my bank to know am involve during the process. Thank you for your anticipated co-operation.

1. Full name:
2. Current Address:
3. Telephone N°:
4. Occupation:
5. Age:
6. Marital status:
7. Country:

Yours truly
Mr. Adama Yamba.

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