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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 PATRICK KONE" <> (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 10 Jan 2005 15:16:24 +0000


Dear Friend,
Patrick kone the director in charge of Telex/computing department of African Development bank (A.D.B) Ouagadougou Burkina Faso in West Africa with due respect and Regard. I have decided to contact you on a business transaction that will be very beneficial to both of us at the end of the Transaction .

During our investigation and auditing in this Bank, my department came across a very huge sum of money Belonging to a deceased person who died on July 30th 2000 of a Ghastly motor accident and the fund
has been dormant in his Account with this bank without any claim of the fund in our Custody either from his family or relation before our discovery To this development.

Although personally, I keep this information secret within I and partners to enable the whole plans and idea be Profitable and successful during the time of execution. The Said amount was u.s $8.7m(eight million-seven hundred Thousand United States dollars).

As it may interest you to Know, I got your impressive information through Burkina-faso chamber of foreign relations here in Ouagadougou Burkina-faso.I contact you to be my Partner and person to be viable and capable to champion a Business of such magnitude without any problem.

Meanwhile all The whole arrangement to put claim over this fund as the Bonafide next of kin to the deceased, get the required approval And transfer this money to a foreign account has been put in Place and directives and needed information will be relayed to You as soon as you indicate your interest and willingness to Assist us and also benefit your self to this great business Opportunity.

In fact I could have done this deal alone but because of my Position in this country as a civil servant (a banker), we are Not allowed to operate a foreign account and would eventually Raise an eye brow on my side during the time of transfer Because I work in this bank.

This is the actual reason why it Will require a second party or fellow who will forward claims As the next of kin with
affidavit of trust of oath to the bank And also present a foreign account where he will need the money To be re-transferred into on his request as it may be after due Verification and clarification by the correspondent branch of The bank where the whole money will be remitted from to your Own designation bank account.

I will not fail to inform you that this transaction is 100% Risk free. On smooth conclusion of this transaction, you will Be entitled to 30% of the total sum as gratification,while 5% Will be set aside to take care of expenses that may arise During the time of transfer and also telephone bills,while 65% Will be for me and my partners. Please, you have been advised To keep "top secret" as we are still in service and intend to Retire from service after we
conclude this deal with you.

I will be monitoring the whole situation here in this bank Until you confirm the money in your account and ask us to come Down to your country for subsequent sharing of the fund According to percentages previously indicated and further Investment, either in your country or any country you advice us To invest in. And this I must do to make sure that this fund is not wasted or end up in the wrong hands. All I require is your honest co-operation to enable us
see this deal through. I guarantee that this will be executed under alegitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law.

I look forward to receive your reply and also call 00226 76 51 59 60 as the urgency implies.

Yours faithfully,


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