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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: "AfricanUnion DevelopmentBank" <info@afruiondevelopment-bank.net>
Reply-To: drgeoegemomoh@yahoo.com
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2005 16:24:43 +0000
Subject: PERSONAL & CONFIDENTIAL

(A.U.D.B) AFRICAN UNION DEVELOPMENT BANK PLC.
DESK OF : DR.GEORGE MOMOH
RC NO : XXAUD-55-B


Dear Sir,

I have a proposal for you, this however is not mandatory nor will I in any
manner compel you to honour against your will.

I am Dr,George Momoh and work with African Union Development Bank Plc (one
of the African leading banks in the West Coast). Here in this bank existed a
dormant account for the past 5 years which belong to one of our foreign
customers(Mr.Andreas Schranner)who died along with his entire family of a
wife and children in July 31st 2000 in a plane crash.

For further enquiry view the web-site for more details.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/859479.stm

When I discovered that there had been no deposits nor withdrawals from this
account for this long period, I decided to carry out a system investigation
and discovered that non of the family member nor relations of the late
person is aware of this account. This is the story in a nutshell.

Now I want an account overseas where thses fund will be transfer according
to the due process of our bank in order to avoid voilation of any country
and international Monetory law on fund transfer.

Thereafter,I had planned to destroy all related documents for this account.
It is a careful network and for the past eleven months I have worked out
everything to ensure a hitch-free operation. The amount is not so much at
the moment and plus all the accumulated interest the balance in this
account stands at (US$15.million US dollars).

Now my questions are:-
1. Can you handle this project?
2. Can I give you this trust?
3. What will be your commission? If you can sponsor this transfer,consider
this and get back to me as soon as possible.

Finally, it is our humble prayer that the information as contained herein
be accorded the necessary attention, urgency as well as the secrecy it
deserves.


I look forward to receiving your prompt response.

Respectfully yours,

Dr,George Momoh
AFRICAN UNION DEVELOPMENT BANK PLC.


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