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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: jas lin <>
Date: Thu, 5 Jan 2017 09:32:43 +0000
Subject: Dear Friend,

Dear Friend,

How are you? I want to inquire from you if you can handle a
transaction for mutual benefits/life opportunity for you and me. I am
Dr.Jaslin Ikhsan. The Chief International Relation Foreign
RemittanceUnit of my bank here in Burkina Faso Ouagadougou Branch.

I Have an Opportunity to the Sum of Fifteen Million, Five Hundred
Thousand United States Dollars(US$15.500.000.00), to transfer into
your bank account over there in your country. I will provide the full
details of this business transaction when once we known each other as
business with trust. I personally will contact you and you alone.
The fund will be shared at the ratio of 58% for me. 40% for you and 2%
will be set aside to cover any expenses and tax in your bank.

Please treat this business proposal with utmost confidentiality and
send me the following Information's if you areinterested.

Your Full Name:........
Your Address:...........
Your Age: ...............
Your Direct Phone Numbers:.........
Your Country:...............
Your Profession:...........
Your Sex: ....................

Thanks and best regards.
Dr.Jaslin Ikhsan (ECONS)
HousePhone: 00226 79 43 61 10

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