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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: adam savimbi <alexsavimbi1954@yahoo.co.uk>
Date: Mon, 10 Jan 2005 16:47:18 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: REPLY BY FAX 00 228 22 00 431


FROM:MR ALEX SAVIMBI
ECOBANK LOME TOGO,WEST AFRICA
TEL fax :00 228 2200431
DIRECT TEL:00 2289090720


ATTN,

MY NAME IS MR ALEX SAVIMBI , THE MANAGER CREDIT AN FOREIGN BILLS OF ECOBANK LOME TOGO [ECB] .
I AM WRITING IN RESPECT OF FOREIGN CUSTOMER OF MY BANK
WITH ACCOUNT NUMBER 14-255-2004/utb/t WHO PERISHED IN A PLANE CRASH [ETHIOPIAN AIRLINE 961] WITH OTHER PASSENGERS ABOARD.
SIR, SINCE THE DEMISE OF THIS OUR CUSTOMER I PERSONALLY HAVE WATCHED WITH KEEN INTEREST TO SEE THE NEXT OF KIN BUT ALL HAS PROVED ABORTIVE AS NO ONE HAS COME TO CLAIM HIS FUNDS OF USD.10.5 M, [ TEN MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS]HAS BEEN WITH MY BANK FOR A VERY LONG TIME . ON THIS NOTE I DECIDED TO SEEK FOR WHOM HIS NAME SHALL BE USED AS THE NEXT OF KIN AS NO ONE HAS COME UP TO BE THE NEXT OF KIN. AND THE BANKING ETHICS HERE DOES NOT ALLOW SUCH MONEY TO STAY MORE THAN FOUR YEARS, BECUASE AFTER FOUR YEARS THE MONEY WILL BE RECALLED TO THE BANK TREASURY AS UNCLAIMED IN VIEW OF THIS I GOT YOUR IMPRESIVE CONTACT THROUGH MY COUNTRY'S TRADE MISSION GUEST BOOK,AND I CONSIDER YOUR FAVOURABLE TO BE USED AS THE NEXT OF KIN TO THE DECEASED.
THE REQUEST OF THE FOREIGNER AS A NEXT OF KIN IN THIS
BUSINESS IS OCCASIONED BY THE FACT THAT THE CUSTOMER
WAS A FOREIGNER AND A TOGOLESE CANNOT STAND AS THE
NEXT OF KIN TO A FOREIGNER. I AGREED THAT USD 2.5 M OF
THIS MONEY WILL BE FOR YOU AS A FOREIGN PARTNER IN
RESPECT OF PROVIDING AN ACCOUNT,WHILE THE REST WILL BE
FOR ME, THEREAFTER I WILL VISIT YOUR COUNTRY FOR
DISBURSEMENT AS I AM ALMOST DUE FOR RETIREMENT.
THEREFORE TO ENDEAVOUR THE IMMEDIATE TRANSFER OF
THIS FUND TO ACCOUNT AS APPLY FIRST TO THE BANK AS A
RELATION TO THE DISEASED INDICATING YOUR BANK
NAME,YOUR BANK ACCOUNT NUMBER , YOUR PRIVATE TELEPHONE NUMBER, AND FAX NUMBER FOR EASY COMMUNICATION AND LOCATION WHERE THE MONEY WILL BE REMITTED . UPON THE RECEIPT OF YOUR I WILL SEND YOU BY FAX OR E-MAIL THE APPLICATION AND THE NEXT STEP TO TAKE .
I WIL NOT FAIL TO BRING TO YOUR NOTICE THAT THIS BUSINESS IS HITCH FREE AND THAT YOU SHOULD NOT ENTERTAIN ANY FEAR AS THE WHOLE REQUIRED ARRANGEMENT AS BEEN MADE FOR THETRANSFER. YOU SHOULD CONTACT ME AS A MATTER OF FACT IMMEDIATELY AS SOON AS YOU RECEIVE THIS LETTER.

TRUSTING TO HEAR FROM YOU AS SOON AS POSIBLE.
RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED,

MR ALEX SAVIMBI
ECOBANK LOME TOGO
WEST AFRICA.
DIRECT TEL fax :00 228 2200431
DIRECT TEL:00 2289090720











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