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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: "John Esisih" <>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 07:59:25 +0000


Dear Friend,
I am MR JUDIC AKOMO the director in charge of auditing and accounting
section of Africa Development Bank, (ADB) 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
along with his entire family in Monday,31 July, 2000 in a plane crash in
paris 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 myself to enable the whole plans and idea be
Profitable and successful during the time of execution. The said amount was
U.S $10.5M (TEN million Five hundred United States dollars).

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 45% of the
total sum as gratification, while 55% will be for me. Please, you have been
adviced to keep "top secret" as I am still in service and intend to retire
from service after I 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 me 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

All other necessary vital information will be sent to you when I hear from

I look forward to receive your mail
Yours faithfully,

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