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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: Mr Moris Ortega <>
Date: Tue, 19 Dec 2017 18:13:55 +0100

Dear Friend,

Greetings to you.

I am Mr.Moris Ortega, a bank Manager with the Bank Of Africa Burkina
Faso West Africa. I have a transaction of $10.5 Million US dollars
only i need your assistance. I would like to discuss with you in
details once i get your response.

Waiting for your urgent response.

Yours Faithfully,
Thanks and best regards,

Mr Moris Ortega
+226 66 610 480.

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