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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: Mrs Meme Kabore <>
Reply-To: Mrs Meme Kabore <>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:12:00 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: From Mrs Meme Kabore

>From Mrs Meme Kabore

Dear Friend, I am the manager in the Bill and Exchange department of Society General of banks in Burkina Faso (SGBB) here in Ouagadougou the capital city of Burkina Faso. in my department we discovered an abandoned sum of us$10.5m (Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand us Dollars) in account that belong to the SGBB bank deceased customer who died with his entire family along with his suppose next of kin in a plane crashed so therefore, I need your assistance to enable the money transfer into comfortable nominated bank account. If you are interested for both of us to associate in partnership, you should kindly get back to me for more information it we take us 7 to 10 before you can receive this fund if really you can follow my instructions.

Truly Yours,

Mrs Meme Kabore

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