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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 Ivan Atamah" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 17 Jun 2015 06:16:25 -0500
Subject: An investment funds

Hi, Sir,

How are you and how is business? I'm contacting you on behalf of the former Burkina Faso President,as personal financial assistant to the former President of Burkina Faso ( Mr. Blaise Compaoré) on private matters. He humbly request your assistance. An investment funds valued at $35.500.000 Million US Dollars was placed under under my management 2 years ago by former Burkina Faso President .Blaise Compaoré. He needs assistance in investing these funds. If you are interested, you can write my private email ( ) for further details.

You can read more on this site above.

Best Regards,

Mr Ivan Atamah

Telephone : +44 7086465339

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