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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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Fraud email example:

From: "mr sankana" <>
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2004 08:55:34 +0200


Dear Friend,

My name is DR MBAYO SANKARA , I am the operational manager in foreign
remittance department incharge of credit and foreign bills in bank of africa(boa)here
in Burkina Faso. I am writing in respect of a foreign customer of my bank
who perished with his whole families on 25TH JULY,2000 in CONCORDE PLANE
CRASH [Flight AF4590]with the whole passengers aboard.

There is an account opened in this bank in 1998 by this great late
INDUSTRIALIST who died without a written or oral 'WILL' attached to the
account. Since his death, I personally has watched with keen interestto
see the next of kin but all has proved abortive as no one has come to claim
his funds and no other person knows about this account or anything concerning
it,the account has no other beneficiary and until his death he was the manager
of his company.
The total amount involved is 26.7.USD. We wish to start the first transfer
with $6,000,000.00 and upon successful transaction without any
disappointmentfrom your side, we shall re-apply for the transfer of the
remaining balance to your account.

I have secretly discussed this matter with the central computer operator
in telex department of the bank who I must involve in order to have a
smooth and a successful transfer of the fund to any foreign bank account
which you are going to nominate. On this note, I decided to seek for a reliable
foreigner who will actas the foreign beneficiary of the fund from the deceased
by providing his/her bank account where the fund will be transferred for
immediate investment on any viable project as no one has come up to be the
next of kin.

The banking ethics here does not allow such money to stay more than six
years without claim hence the money will be recalled to the government treasury
as unclaimed after this long period of domancy. In view of this I got your
contact through my personal search to see if you can assist by providing
your safe bank account for the transfer or find a reliable person who will
be capable of receiving such amount in his or her personal account. At the
conclussion of the transfer 60% of the fund will be for me, I will give
you 25% of the total transfer sum, 10% for charity both in Africa and in
your country while the remaining
5% will be set aside to settle expenses both parties might incure during
the transfer process.

Upon the receipt of your reply, I will send to you a detailed information
about the transaction. I will not fail to bring to your notice that this
business is 100% risk and trouble free and that you should not entertain
any fear as all modalities for fund transfer can be finalized within 7 to
9 banking days, after you apply to the bank as the beneficiary of the fund
from the deceased.

When you receive this letter. Kindly send me an e-mail . You should also
include your private fax and phone numbers for easy and

Respectfully yours

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