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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 Owain Ahmed." <>
Date: Wed, 25 May 2016 23:27:42 -0400
Subject: Good Day,

Good Day,

Kindly Contact Me Back Through This My Private Email Box:

Please accept my apologies for writing you a surprise letter.I am Mr Owain Ahmed, account Manager with an investment bank here in Burkina Faso.I have a very important business I want to discuss with you.There is a draft account opened in my firm by a long-time client of our bank.I have the opportunity of transferring the left over fund (15.8 Million UsDollars)Fiftheen Million Eight Hundred Thousand United States of American Dollars of one of my Bank clients who died at the collapsing of the world trade center at the United States on September 11th 2001.

I want to invest this funds and introduce you to our bank for this deal.All I require is your honest co-operation and I guarantee you that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect us from any breach of the law.I agree that 40% of this money will be for you as my foreign partner,50% for me while 10% is for establishing of foundation for the less privilleges in your country.If you are really interested in my proposal further details of the Transfer will be forwarded unto you as soon as I receive your willingness mail for a successful transfer.

Kindly Contact Me Back Through This My Private Email Box:

Yours Sincerely,
Mr Owain Ahmed.

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