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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: "Mr.salif kabore" <>
Date: Sun, 22 Sep 2013 14:00:29 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Dear Friend,

Dear Friend,

How are you today with your family, Hope all is well? Please, It's my great pleasure to contact you today.
I am Mr.Salif kabore, from Burkina-Faso.
Please, I want to transfer the sum of (US$19.3M) into your bank account.
This business is 100% risk free. Your share will be 40% while 60% for me.
More details will be forwarded to you immediately I receive your urgent response.

1) Your Full Name.......................
2) Your Private Telephone No........
3) Your Receiving Country............

Thank you for your anticipated co-operation.
Yours Sincerely,
Mr. Salif kabore.

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