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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:

Date: Fri, 15 Jun 2018 14:12:21 +0530

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 2014.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
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

Saya membutuhkan bantuan Anda.

Saya menulis surat ini kepada Anda dengan air mata yang berat Di mata
dan dukacita yang besar di hati saya, Nama Saya adalah Mrs. Clara
dan saya menghubungi Anda dari negara saya Tunisia Saya ingin
memberitahukan hal ini kepada saya karena saya tidak mempunyai pilihan
daripada memberi tahu Anda saat saya tersentuh untuk terbuka kepada
saya menikahi Mr.ouedrago Brown yang bekerja dengan kedutaan Tunisia di
Burkina Faso selama sembilan tahun sebelum meninggal pada tahun
menikah selama sebelas tahun tanpa seorang anak.

Ia meninggal setelah sakit singkat yang hanya berlangsung selama lima
Sejak kematiannya, saya memutuskan untuk tidak menikah lagi, Ketika
almarhum suami saya hidup, dia menyimpan uang sejumlah US $ 8.5m
Juta Lima Ribu Ribu Dolar) di sebuah bank di Ouagadougou ibu kota
Faso di Afrika Barat. Saat ini uang ini masih di bank Dia menghasilkan
ini untuk ekspor Emas dari pertambangan Burkina Faso.

Baru-baru ini, My Doctor mengatakan kepada saya bahwa saya tidak akan
bertahan selama tujuh bulan karena masalah kanker. Yang paling
saya adalah penyakit stroke saya. Setelah mengetahui kondisi saya, saya
memutuskan untuk menyerahkan uang ini untuk mengurus orang-orang yang
kurang beruntung, Anda akan memanfaatkan uang ini seperti yang akan saya
instruksikan di sini.

Saya ingin Anda mengambil 30 Persen dari total uang untuk penggunaan
pribadi Anda Sementara 70% dari uang tersebut akan digunakan untuk amal,
orang-orang di jalan dan membantu panti asuhan. Saya tumbuh sebagai
piatu dan saya tidak memiliki tubuh apapun sebagai anggota keluarga
hanya untuk mengakhiri usaha agar rumah Tuhan dipertahankan. Saya
ini agar Tuhan mengampuni dosa-dosa saya dan menerima jiwa saya karena
penyakit-penyakit ini telah sangat saya derita.

Segera setelah saya menerima balasan Anda, saya akan memberi Anda kontak
bank di Burkina Faso dan saya juga akan menginstruksikan Bank Manger
menerbitkan surat kuasa yang akan membuktikan bahwa Anda sekarang
uang di bank itu adalah jika Anda meyakinkan saya bahwa Anda akan
sesuai dengan yang saya sampaikan di sini.

Selalu balas alternatif saya untuk tujuan keamanan

Berharap untuk menerima balasan Anda:
Dari Ibu Clara Ouedrago

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