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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:

Date: Mon, 10 Jan 2005 13:47:43 +0000
Subject: =?iso-8859-1?Q?CONFIDENCIAL=20=20AND=20URGENT=20PLS=2E?=

Dear Managing Director

Greeting to you,

I am Mr Usani Lukman from the northern part of burkina faso.I want to seek
your assistance after my discovery during auditing in my bank as am the
manager of Bill and Exchange at the Foriegn Remittance Department of Africa
Development Bank,(A.D.B.) In my department we discovered an abandoned sum
of USD$20.8million US dollars in an account that belongs to one of our foreign
customers who died along with his entire family in plane Crashes of September
11, 2001,

Since his death, we have been expecting his next of Kin to come over and
claim his money because we can not release it unless somebody applies for
it as next of Kin or relation to the deceased as indicated in our banking
and financial policies but unfortunately all the efforts proved abortive.
IT is therefore upon this discovery that I decided as the head of my department
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 bills.

Do not view this as been illegal but an opportunity for us to help enrich
our hope in life instead of the bank converting this much money to the security
funds.You should not nurse any atom of fear as all required arrangements
have been made for the smooth transfer of this funds and your acceptance
is what will crown this effort.We will conclude this operation within 14
banking days based on the amount of coperation you will contribute.

Thank you for your undrstanding as await your urgent response to enable
me give you more details.Please note my alternative email address incase

Remain blessed,

Mr Usani Lukman

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