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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: Bintu C Justin Yak <>
Reply-To: Bintu C Justin Yak <>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:02:13 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Hello Dear how are you?

 Hello Dear,

Good day,my name is Miss Bintu Chirag Justin Yak am 23 years old from Southern Sudan but currently residing here in Burkina Faso, I am contacting you because i need you to stand as my guardian and due to nature of the situation i found myself as a victim of Sudan plane crashed which involved lots of people during that time. My late father was the former Minister for SPLA Affairs and Special Adviser to President Salva Kiir of South Sudan for Decentralization. My dad and my mom died in a plane crash including other top Military officers and top government officials. Go through below website to find more details about the plane crash and what my country have passed through.   

There is an information I would like you to keep very confidential, my beloved father deposited some fund in a Bank in Burkina Faso for safe keeping with my name as the next of kin before he died but my present status does not permit me by the local law to clear found or make a transfer of found into an account, The manager of the bank advice me to provide a trustee who will help me and invest the money. Presently the fund is $8.500.000 Million U.S. Dollars. I need your assistance for the withdrawal of my inherited fund and also transfer the fund to your position for partnership investment there in your country and thereafter I will offer you 20% from the total sum as your rewards for assisting me.

I stand to assure you that there is no problem in this transaction for it is 100% legal free. Find a way to help me out and I will remain grateful, take me as your own blood sister and help me. I shall appreciate an urgent message indicating your ability and willingness to handle this transaction sincerely.

I will want you to write back through my Private e-mail ( ) for further discussion.
Thanks for your anticipated understanding and co-operation, God bless...
I will scan my picture in my next mail to you.

Sincerely yours
Bintu C Justin Yak.

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