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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: Tue, 6 Oct 2020 20:29:37 +0700


I know that this email will come to you as a surprise, since we do not know each other in person nor had any previous correspondence. Please permit me to briefly introduce my self to you.

My name is Prof. Bakary YEO, a private investment banker with one of the leading banks here in Côte d'Ivoire.

My purpose of contacting you is to solicit your help to claim on a dormant account of a dead depositor without a traceable relative or next of kin from your country.

There is a sum of US$21.7 million dollars currently in a dormant account here in my bank. If nobody comes up for it by the end of this fiscal year 2020 ends, the bank is required by law to turn over the funds from the inactive account to the state treasury.

Please, kindly reply back ( ) for further briefing relating to this proposition.

With kind regards

Prof Bakary Yeo Ph.D.

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