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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2005 09:15:42 +0000
Subject: Urgent Attention

From Office of the President.
African Development Bank
Ecowas Building 2nd floor
Abuja Nigeria

The information contained in this E-mail and/or attachments may contain
protected health, legally privileged, or otherwise confidential Information
intended only for the use of the individual (s) concerned. If you, the
reader of this message are not the intended recipient, You are hereby
advised to contact me for more detailed explanation.

Subject: Money Transaction,

On behalf of the African Financial Governing Authority via African
Development Bank and World Bank Group,I wish to express my sincere
appreciation For the opportunity given to me through this bank to handle the
international money transaction originated from all part of African
Countries due to delay of the apex and commercial banks in paying debt.

To whom it may concern

I am Mr Donald Kaberuka, The President,African Development Bank, This is to
bring to your notice that my office has taking over all The International
money transaction originated from any part of African country as Contract
payment, Fund Inheritance (Next of Kin) or Lottery Winning due to the delay
from the financial Institutions/security company in paying debts as a
result of exccesive demand of upfront payment and corrupt practice of some
officials. The African Development Bank (AFDB), is an international
financial institution created by Africans in 1963 to promote the economic
and social Development in the African countries

How ever I am Contacting you following the circulated reports on the above
mentioned as your name appears in one of the files Forwarded to my office
for acknowledgement as a fund beneficiary, I have therefore acknowledged
receipt of the file and your Money would be paid to you through a Certified
Bank Draft, For your information the fund authorisation document has been
approved and issued in your favor.In view of the above stated; you are
advised to re confirm the following Information to enable us complete the
administrative process in your favor on the fund authorisation
documentation which may be sent to you on receipt of your Response through a
courier service to sign and send back to me.
Find bellow the required information to complete the process on your
You;re Mailing Address
Direct Phone and fax numbers
Bank phone and fax not account detail.
Note that We shall also process the bank draft acknowledgement letter thru
your bank on receipt of the above mentioned informations,
Finally, you are therefore advised for your best interest to stop further
communications with any person/persons apex or commercial
Banks, Security Company or any financial institution in and out side Africa
as so called correspondence/offshore banks to abstain
From excessive demand of upfront payment, I hope you would give absolute
cooperation to enhance a legitimate process for release
Of your money via certified bank draft. Subsequently, On behalf of the World
Bank and African Government we apologized for the
delay in releasing your money and have assured you that as soon as we
confirm the receipt of your response, a certified Bank
draft valid at your total amount would be issued in your favor
within 48 working hours.
Thanks for your cooperation.
Mr Donald Kaberuka(The President, ADB)
Tele Phone Number: 234 8024011267

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