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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: "Nion" <nion01@jumpy.it> (may be fake)
Reply-To: nion03@msn.com
Date: Tue, 31 May 2005 14:14:36 +0200
Subject: THANKS FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING.

FROM: MR NICOLAS NION
SECRETARY TO THE DIRECTOR OF FINANCE,
FOREIGN PAYMENT DEPT, WEST AFRICAN MONETARY
CONTROL BOARD(W.A.M.C.B) NORTH-WEST
REGIONAL OFFICE OUAGADOUGOU
BURKINA FASO.


SIR,

REQUEST FOR URGENT TRANSFER OF THE SUM OF FIFTEEN MILLION THREE HUNDRED
THOUSAND DOLLAR {US$15,300,000.00}ONLY, INTO YOUR ACCOUNT.

Compliment of the season. I am the Secretary to the Director of finance,

foreign payment approval dept of West Africa Monetary Control Board (WAMCB).

North-West Regional office
ouagadougou burkina faso. My office oversees all developmental projects
financed by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Within
this zone (Burkina Faso, Niger, Tome Togo Mali, Ivory Coast, Ghana and
Guinea). With reference to an introduction and recommendation made of your
esteem firm by a friend who works in the burkina faso Chambers of Commerce
and Industry, I do hereby, Wish to commence talk with you on a highly
confidential level. After due consultations , i have decided to contact
you
in order to arrange for a possible transfer of the sum of Fifteen million
three hundred thousand dollars (US$15.300.000.00) into your account. This
money is a subject of an over inflated
sum acquired from contracts awarded by my Agency in the past years.

The original contractors have however, been paid and all projects executed
by them commissioned. This over inflated amount can not be withdraw locally
from the paying Bank because the contractors concerned are foreign Firms.

As a matter of trust, honesty and secrecy, i have decided to contact you
as
to assist me provide an account for this transaction if you have accepted
to
assist and fully participate in this transaction, kindly furnish me with
the
necessary information such as Bank address, Account number, Account name
and
your full address. With this information provided, the said sum will be
transfer to your account without difficulties.

The terms of sharing the money after a successful transfer will be discuss
as you indicate your interest in assisting to transfer this money.
Immediately all these information gets to me ,i will then present every
document to the Bank legally. Be rest assured with my connections,
everything will be through within a short time. After many years of
meticulous services to the government and people of this sub region I would
not want my image to be dented.

Therefore I expect you to handle this transaction with utmost maturity by
keeping everything secret. I can assure you that if my instructions are
carefully adhered to, there will not be any hitch throughout the
transaction, there is no risk on your side, because i have perfected the
deal very well over years.

After the transfer, I will be coming over to your country for further
sharing and possible investments after the completion of this lucrative

transaction.

I will be awaiting to hear from you urgently .



Best regards.
Mr. Nicolas Nion


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