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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: "Terfar Otis" <>
Date: Mon, 05 Sep 2005 22:43:52 +0000

From The Desk Of Mr TERFAR OTIS
Coordinator of the northern states Programmes

Dear Sir,

I am Mr Terfar Otis ,Bank personnel of the above mentioned Bank Annexe.I got
your contact from a very confidential source and I wish to maitain this

Actually,I decided to send you this proposal directly.for your appraisa on
bussiness proposition for you & for our overallmutual interest. I am
currently the coordinator ontechnical cooperation and procurement officer to
the Bank Of African Development and the African fund development
Projects/contract awards.

I need your assurance to help conclude a very good transaction wish i feel
you will be very much interested BUSINESS I am currently in need of a
foreign partner to assist me to be the beneficiary of the total sum of U.S
$7.2M USD seven million two hundred United States dollars.The money was
deposited with BIAO bank in Abidjan by the late Mr Andreas Schranner He died
in the 2000 in plane crash with his family. I can not withdraw
this money myself.

So right now, I wish to resign which is must if I secure you affirmative
assurance to be able to front for me as my foreign business partner to act
as the beneficiary of this money.I have already transfer this money from
BIAO to another bank called (BOA)in Burkina faso which is now programmed for
onward transfer to any name which I shall submit to the bank as the
beneficiary of this fund.This isstrictly confidential and only between me
and you alone.I shall send to you the check as soon as I am able to recieve
your favourable response right away.

Please this is not a scam as you may think, just remove doubt.this is real A
bank account in any part of the world,which you will provide to facilitate
the transfer of this money to you as the beneficiary.The money will be paid
into your account for us to share in the ratio of 60% for me,30% for you and
10% for expencies .There is no risk at all as my position will do the
paperwork for this transaction as the branch manager guarantees the
successful execution of this transaction.If you are interested, also forward
to me your telephone number and fax number for easy communication.

Upon your response,I shall then provide you with more details and relevant
documents that will help you understand.PLEASE OBSERVE UTMOST
CONFIDENTIALITY,and be rest assured that this would be most profitable for
both of us becauseI shall require your assistance to invest my share in your
country.Please reply me through my private email id

Awaiting your urgent,or call me on 00226 76 54 34 28

please save me the anxiety of endless

Mr Terfar Otis

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