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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: "Dr. John Lewis" <>
Reply-To: "Dr. John Lewis" <>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 17:11:10 +0000 (UTC)

 Dear Friend,

Greetings to you today,

With due respect My Name is Dr. John Lewis . I am a banker by profession. I work in one of the reputable bank in Ouagadougou, Burkina-Faso West Africa. My reason for contacting you is that I want our bank to transfer an abandoned sum of  ((US$7.5M) Seven million , five hundred thousand united dollars) into your bank account because the owner of this fund is died since 2006 during the war leaven nobody for the claim.

And I want to present you to our bank as the Next of Kin/beneficiary of this fund if you agree to work with me with one mind without betrayer, also immediately the fund is been transfer into your bank account in your country I will arrive with my family in your country for the shearing of the money according to the percentage we agreed on. Note, this money will be shard 50%50% in your country as soon as I arrived with my family.

Further details of the transaction shall be forwarded to you as soon as I receive your urgent reply indicating your interest

Have a great and nice day.

>From Dr. John Lewis

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