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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: Mss Celine Nana <>
Date: Wed, 1 Mar 2017 00:14:02 GMT

I am Miss Celine Nana the Audit and Account Manager (A.D.B)Bank in Ouagadougou Burkina Faso,west africa

I have a business transaction for you.In my department i discovered an abandoned Sum of US$10.5 Million Dollars.In an account that belongs to one of our late foreign customer who died on Air crash with his family member. ever Since he died,Nobody to claim the left over balance in the account.
It is therefore upon this discovery that I decided to seek your assistance to present you as his business associate for my bank to transfer the funds to your account.

If you accept i would give you the guide lines of how we can achieve this transfer of the balance $10.5 Million Dollars to your account.
the fund will be share 50-50%. by both of us

if you are capable to handle this transaction please furnish me the following information for more details.

Full names:..
Your pravite phone number:..
Your Age/Sex:..

Miss Celine Nana

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