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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: Saidou Compaore <>
Date: Sat, 28 Jul 2012 22:14:20 +0800 (SGT)
Subject: Good day my dear friend

Good day my dear friend
 It's just my urgent need for a foreign partner that made me to contact you for this transaction. However, this correspondence is private. I got your contact from the chambers of commerce here in my country ouagadougou,burkina faso.

 I am Mr Saidou Compaore The Chief international relation Foreign  Remittance Unit of my bank here in Ouagadougou Branch, Burkina Faso in West Africa.I want to inquire from you if you can handle this transaction for mutual benefits/life opportunity for you and me.
 I Have An Opportunity To The Sum Of Sixteen Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars (US$16.500.000.00) To Transfer Into Your Nominated Bank Account. I will provide the full details of this business transaction when once we known each other as business lie with trust. I trust you and you alone, the fund is going to be shared at the ratio of 60/30, that is 60% for me and 30% for you While 10% will be used for our expenses during the transaction.Please treat this business proposal with utmost confidentiality till we receive this fund into your Nominated Bank Account and send me the following Information’s:

Your Name,..................
Your Address,..............
Your Age,......................
Your Phone Number,......
Your Country,................
Your Proffession,...........
Your Sex,...........
Thanks and best regards
Mr.Saidou Compaore
House Phone: 00226 71359636
Mobile: 00226 70568795.

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