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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: "Sali Ibrahim" <> (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 26 Sep 2004 17:06:23 +0000
Subject: Inshallah

Dear Sir,

I am Sali Ibrahim.
The Bank Manager of PACIFIC BANK PLC DAKAR-SENEGAL, Branch. I have
urgent and very confidential business proposition for you. On June 6 2001, a
Chinese oilconsultant / contractor with the SENEGALIS National Petroleum
Corporation,Mr. Chung Wyi made a numbered time (Fixed) deposited for twelve calendar months,
valued at US$13,000,000.00 (thirteen Million Dollars) in my branch. Upon maturity, I sent
a routine notification to his forwarding address but got no reply.
After a month, we sent a reminder and finally we discovered from his
contract employers, Senegal National Petroleum Corporation that Mr. Chung
Wyi died from an automobile accident. On further investigation, I found out that
he did not leave a WILL and all attempts to trace his next of kin were fruitless.

I therefore made further investigation and discovered that Mr. Chung Wyi
did not declare any next of kin in all his official documents, including his
Bank Deposit paperwork. This sum of US$13,000,000.00 is still sitting in the
Bank and the interest is being rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each year. No
one will come forward to claim it. According to our Law, at the expiration of 5 (five) years,
the money will revert to the ownership of the SENEGAL Government if nobody applies to
claim the funds. Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you as a foreigner to
stand in as the next of kin to Mr. Chung Wyi so that the fruits of this old
man's labor will not get into the hands of some corrupt officials. This is
simple, I will like you to provide me immediately with your full names and address so
that the attorney will prepare the necessary documents and affidavits, which will put you
in place as the next of kin.

We shall employ the services of two attorneys for drafting and
notarization of the WILL and obtain the necessary documents and letter of
probate / administration inyour favor for the transfer. A bank account in any
part of the world,which you provide, will then facilitate the transfer of this money to
you as the beneficiary /next of kin.

The money will be paid into your account for us to share in the ratio of
60% for me and 30% for you and then the remaining 10 will be maped out for
any expences done before or after the transfer. as all the paperwork for this
transaction will be done by theattorney and my position as the Branch Manager
guarantees the successful execution of this transaction. If you are interested, please reply
immediately via the private email address below. Upon your response, I shall then provide you with
more details and relevant documents that will help you understand.
Please observe utmost confidentiality, and rest assured that this
transaction would be most profitable for both of us because I shall require
your assistance to invest my share in your country. Awaiting your urgent reply
via email<>

Thanks and regards,
Sali Ibrahim
Manager Pacific Bank Plc
Dakar Branch.

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