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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: Clara ouedrago <>
Date: Sat, 30 Sep 2017 05:06:06 +0530
Subject: I need your help.

I need your help.

I am writing this mail to you with heavy tears In my eyes and great
in my heart, My Name is Mrs Clara ouedrago and I am contacting you from
country Tunisia I want to tell you this because I don't have any other
option than to tell you as I was touched to open up to you, I married to
Mr.ouedrago Brown who worked with Tunisia embassy in Burkina Faso for
years before he died in the year 2009.We were
married for eleven years without a child.

He died after a brief illness that lasted for only five days. Since his
death I decided not to remarry, When my late husband was alive he
the sum of US$ 8.5m (Eight Million Five hundred Thousand Dollars) in a
in Ouagadougou the capital city of Burkina Faso in west Africa Presently
this money is still in bank. He made this money
available for exportation of Gold from Burkina Faso mining.

Recently, My Doctor told me that I would not last for the period of
months due to cancer problem. The one that disturbs me most is my stroke
sickness. Having known my condition I decided to hand you over this
to take care of the less-privileged people, you will utilize this money
way I am going to instruct here

I want you to take 30 Percent of the total money for your personal use
While 70% of the money will go to charity, people in the street and
the orphanage. I grew up as an Orphan and I don't have any body as my
family member, just to end endeavor that the house of God is maintained.
doing this so that God will forgive my sins and accept
my soul because these sicknesses have suffered me so much.

As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the bank
Burkina Faso and I will also instruct the Bank Manger to issue you an
authority letter that will prove you the present beneficiary of the
in the bank that is if you assure me that you will act
accordingly as I Stated herein.

Always reply to my alternative for security purposes ( )

Hoping to receive your reply:

From Mrs Clara Ouedrago

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