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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: =?UTF-8?B?cG9yamV0MjAxNg==?= <>

Dear Friend,

 I am Mr Jeg Jembojet, Manager Auditing an= d Accountancy Department, Bank Of Africa in (B.O.A) Burkina Faso. This mess= age

might meet you in utmost surprise however=E2=80=99 it is my urge= nt need for foreign partner that made me to contact you for this

tra= nsaction. I got your email account while searching for a business oriented = personality and you happen to be the one. I

bring forth a business p= roposal in the tune of $35.5 million U.S. dollars to be transferred to an o= ffshore account with your

assistance acting as beneficiary and next-= of-kin to the funds. If you know you are capable of involving and partaking= in

this transaction, this will be disbursed or shared between both = of us 40% for you, 60% for me,I have secured necessary

information's= that can be used to back up this claim we are making. These are the requir= ement I need from you.
(1) Your Full name:....................= ......

(2) Your Age:.................................

(3) Mob= ile number:..........................

(4) Profession:...............= .............

(5) Your Country:..........................

   I will appreciate your urgent response so that I will give yo= u more details concerning this transaction. Please keep this

proposa= l as a top secret between both of us, because the secret of this transactio= n is as well as the success of it, Sorry

if you received this letter= in your spam, Due to recent connection error here in my country. Looking f= orward for your

immediate response to my mail.   jambojet.=


Mr Jeg Jembojet.

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