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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: Jeffrey Adala <>
Date: Sat, 4 Jun 2016 05:36:22 +0200
Subject: Business Offer.


Subject: Transfer of inheritance entitlement totaled ($14.8) million US dollars..

Could you please permit me to introduce myself to you, my name is Jeffrey Adala, I work in one of the prime bank here in Ouagadougou Burkina Faso, West Africa. I would like to initiate a mutual business partnership with you in view of the aforementioned subject matter. Please, I want this to be between you and me since I am still in the service.

I will not hesitate to give you the details of this viable financial transaction as soon as you express your interest to partner with me. Please treat this business with utmost confidentiality and If you agree to work with me, kindly indicate your full names, your private telephone, fax numbers and location where the money will be remitted. I will instruct you on the next step to take.

Best regards,

Jeffrey Adala.

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