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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: Admas Kebendo <>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2012 00:42:11 +0100 (BST)

Good day sir

I am Colonel Admas Kebendo, a Burkina Faso Army Under peacekeeping unit West Africa ; I will be going on retirement very soon. My purpose of contacting you is that I want to place

my funds for investment in Reputable Firm overseas or establish a joint business with you under your care as I'm

deficient in this area and thereby depend on your proficiency and resiliency to handle the investment for me in your country.

If you are interested please contact me for more details.

Yours Faithfully

Colonel Admas Kebendo

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