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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: "zongo musa" <>
Date: Sat, 13 Nov 2004 08:57:08 +0000

My private e-mail:


First, I must solicit your confidence in this transaction.This is by virtue
of its nature as being utterly CONFIDENTIAL AND TOP SECRET. However after
series of petition was recieved by this present regime from foreign
contractors for the inability of the BANK INTERNATIONAL OF BURKINA (B.I.B)
to fulfill their obligation for the payment to its foreign creditors. in
conjunction with the council of ministers, has mandated us to carry out a
careful and comprehensive review of all overdue payments to foreign
contractors and to effect payments immediately.

During the above mentioned process, we discovered an abandoned sum of
US$10.5 (Ten million five hundred thousand US dollars) in an account that
belongs to one of our foreign customer who died along with his entire family
in a plane crash that happened in Kenya, East Africa.

Since we got information about his death, we have been expecting his next of
kin to come over and claim his money because we cannot release it unless
some body applies for it as next of kin or relation to the deceased as
indicated in our banking guidelines and laws but unfortunately we learnt
that all his supposed next of kin or relation died alongside with him at the
plane crash leaving nobody behind for the claim.

Please I want you to visit the website below for more information about the
Plane Crash and the Deceased DR. GEORGE BRUMLEY AND HIS FAMILY, wife, Jean,
their daughter Lois Morrell, her husband Richard, and son Alexander,daughter
Elizabeth Love, her husband William, and daughter Sarah, and son,George his
wife Julia, and their son George and daughter Jordan,


It is therefore upon this discovery that I and other officials in my
department now decided to make this business proposal to you and release the
money to you as the next of kin or relation to the deceased for safety and
subsequent disbursement since nobody is coming for it and we don't want this
money to go into the bank treasury as unclaimed bill.

I agree that 40% of this money will be for you as a foreign partner, in
respect to the provision of a foreign account, and 60% would be for me,
There after I will visit your country for disbursement according to the
percentage indicated.

Therefore, to enable the immediate transfer of this fund to you as arranged,
you must apply first to the bank as relation or next of kin of the deceased
indicating your bank name, your bank account number, your private telephone
and fax number for easy and effective communication and location wherein the
money will be remitted.

Upon the receipt of your reply, I will send to you by email the text of the
application to fill and send to the bank. I will not fail to bring to your
notice that this transaction is hitch-free risk and you should keep this
transaction (TOP SECRET) and this transaction will only take us 14 banking
days because as a banker, I know what to do and move the fund into your
account without any delay and that you should not entertain any atom of fear
as all required arrangements have been made for the transfer.

You should contact me as soon as you receive this letter so that I will send
you the text of the application to apply to the bank and the data
information of the deceased customer and you should also contact me through
this my private e-mail box :

Yours faithfully.
Bill & Exchange Manager,

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