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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.Farrukh Salif" <>
Date: Thu, 14 Apr 2016 06:54:43 -0400
Subject: Waiting for your urgent reply

Dear Sir /Madam.

I am sorry to bug your privacy, I am Mr.Farrukh Salif, a senior staff of a bank in Ouagadougou Burkina-Faso, i have a business proposal in tune of $8.5 million (Eight Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollar) to be transferred to an offshore account with your assistance acting as beneficiary and next of kin to the Fund.

The fund belong to our deceased customer who died with his next of kin leaving nobody for the claim, Since we got information about his death we have been expecting his next of kin to come over and claim his money because the bank cannot release it unless somebody applies for it as next of kin or relation to the deceased as indicated in our banking guidelines but unfortunately we learned that he died with his next of kin leaving nobody behind for the claim.

I want to present you as his next of kin to my bank so that the fund will be transfer to your account, Your share will be 40% while 60% will be for me. This transaction is genuine and 100% risk free, I will appreciate your urgent response so that i'll give you more details concerning this transaction.
Contact me with my private e-mail address via; { }.

Best regards.
Mr.Farrukh Salif.

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