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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: DIN SOFT <>
Date: Fri, 3 Jun 2016 14:21:17 +0100

Greetings my friend,

Good Day. I know this message might meet you in utmost surprise;
however, it's just my urgent need for a foreign partner that made me
to contact you for this mutual benefiting business when searching for
a good, reliable and trust worthy person.

My name is Dingo Sofa, the regional Director Society General Bank of
Burkina (SGBB) Ouagadougou Burkina-Faso in West Africa. I have the
opportunity of delivering the excess left over funds of ($10.5million
us) in your name through a diplomatic means to any part of the world.

This fund is the excess of what my branch in which I am the regional
Director made deposit in a dormant account for the past ten years. I
have already submitted an approved End of the Year report to my Head
Office here in Burkina Faso and they will never know of this fund. I
have since then, placed this amount of $10. 500,000.00 in a SUSPENSE
ACCOUNT without a beneficiary.

As soon as you declare your wiliness to meet the bearer in any country
that will be convenient for you, I will proceed to the airline company
that will lift the consignment. Note that this money will be shared
between us to the ratio of 30% for you as my foreign partner while 10%
will be set aside for any expenses that we might in counter during the
actualization of this mutual benefiting business, while 60% will be
for me. And please kindly contact me through this my private email
address ( to enable me give you more details
concerning the fund.

Waiting urgently to hear from you as soon as possible.

With regards,
Mr. Dingo Sofa.

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