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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: Ahmed Zongo <>
Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2017 20:57:47 +0000

MY name is Mr. ahmed zongo i am working in ADB bank I have
($17.4million Dollars) to transfer to your country and if you are
interested get back to me immediately for more details.and i we give
40% for you and 60% for me ok.

Please note; reply me through this email (,

call me +226 68 25 71 46

1) Your full name
(2) Your age
(3)Your occupation
(4)Your marital status
(5)Your full residential address and country.
(6)Your direct phone and fax numbers.
(7)A copy of your driving license or passport scanned and sent to me by mail.

Mr. Ahmed Zongo.
Telex Manager
African Development Bank (ADB)
call me +226 68 25 71 46

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