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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. Handase Ebbe" <>
Date: Thu, 31 Oct 2019 10:13:10 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Good day,

Good day,

I am Mr. HandaseEbbe, I currently hold the post as the Audit Account Manager of our bank in Ouagadougou Branch, Burkina-Faso.

We are imposition to reclaim and inherit the sum of US($10.5) Million without any trouble, from a dormant account which remains unclaimed since 7years the owner died. This is a U.S Dollar’s account and the beneficiary died without trace of his family to claim the fund.

Once this fund is transferred into your account, we will share the fund accordingly, 40%, for you, 60%, for me.

If you are interested to help without disappointment or breach of trust, Please for security reason reply me through my private email address ( ) with your full details.

1. Your Full Name …………………..
2. Your Contact Telephone Number……………..
4. Your Sex……………..
5. Your Occupations………………
6. Your Country and City…………
7. Your Photo or Identity Card…………………

so that I will guide you on the proper banking guidelines to follow for the claim. After the transfer, I will fly to your country for sharing according to our agreement.

Assurance: Note that this transaction will never in any way harm or foiled your good post or reputation in your country, because everything will follow legal process. I am looking forward to hear from you soonest.

Yours faithfully,
Mr. HandaseEbbe

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