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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: sarah wattara <>
Reply-To: sarah wattara <>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 22:26:45 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Goodnews- --- Beneficairy's comply needed

 From: Mrs Dr Sarah Wattara
Private bag 33121
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
OUR REF DPQ/047/SAB/2013

Attn: Sir/ Madam,

I am Mrs Dr Sarah Wattara, I am a top official with the IAMGOLD COMPANY and Goldor Company firm, my responsibilities includes awarding and signing of contracts for the purchases of drilling equipment and raw materials to the IAMGOLD COMPANY, by companies and government from different parts of the world. Through over invoiced and bulk purchases that were made on behalf of the IAMGOLD COMPANY, I have an bold sum of US$11.3,000.000 (Eleven Million and Three Hundred Thousand Dollars) and US$7.5,000.000 (Seven Million and Five Hundred Thousand Dollars) which I now want to transfer to any trustworthy account overseas.

This contract has been executed and full payments have been made to the contractors who executed these contract leaving behind US$11.3,000.000 (Eleven Million and Three Hundred Thousand Dollars) and US$7.5,000.000 (Seven Million and Five Hundred Thousand Dollars) an Over invoice/commission for we the committee members to benefit In view of this, my colleagues have mandated me to look for a foreign partner abroad who will receive these fund on our behalf for mutual
benefits which means that you will provide us with any account of your choice we can lodge these fund immediately.

I therefore kindly request that you grant me the consent to present you, or your firm as the foreign beneficiary of this fund, for this money to be transferred into your account any where in the world, even if it is a newly opened account without money in it.

You should contact me with below Email address given to you for urgency implies--- E-mail:

Upon your response, I shall then provide you with further information and modalities that will help you understand the transaction for directives to our success.

You should observe utmost confidentiality, and rest assured that this project would be most profitable for both parties because I shall require your assistance to invest my share in your country.

Please you are also requested to view and go through our WEBSITE for more comfirmation. This is risk free. and i am your guarantee.

Awaiting your urgent reply.

Thanks and best regards.

Mrs Dr Sarah Wattara
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
OUR REF DPQ/047/SAB/2013

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