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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:

Date: Mon, 16 May 2016 22:26:14 +0200

Hello Dear,

Greetings and hope this email finds you well?

I am Dr. Wilfred Kabore, the chief Medical consultant at a reputable
clinic here in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso and I have a Patient who
hails from the Republic of philippines but unfortunately is in coma
right now due to complications from a Cancer disease and she has the
sum of $4.7 Million United States (Four Million seven Hundred
Thousand) Dollars she wants me to guide you on, so that her Bank can
transfer it to you for charity purposes.

Please, I will like you to contact me for further details as this is a
very sensitive issue that needs urgent attention from you.

Best Regards,

Dr. Wilfred Kabore on behalf of
Mrs. Sismer Shirley Acojedo

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