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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: =?big5?q?abdul=20saimon?= <>
Date: Tue, 16 May 2006 06:00:46 +0800 (CST)
Subject: Attn:Dear Beloved Friend


From: Mr Abdul Agu Saimon(Bank Manager)

Telephone Number:+22993476753

Legend Trust Bank Ltd Cotonou Republic Of Benin



Attn:Dear Beloved Friend,

I am Mr Mr Abdul Agu Saimon, Bank Manager of Legend Trust Bank Ltd Cotonou Republic of Benin.I got your contact from the World Trade Center (W.T.C.) Regional office in Cotonou, Republic of Benin although the details of my intention was not madeknown to them.Actually, I know it will come to you as a surprise because we have not met either physically or through correspondence.I have a very urgent and confidential business proposition for you for our overall mutual interest.On December 23 2003,an American OilConsultant/Contractor, Barton made anumbered time (fixed) deposit for twelve Calendar months, valued at SD$9,000,000.00(nine million dollars) in my Branch.

Upon maturity, I sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but got no reply.After a month, we sent a reminder and finally we discovered from his contract employers, Republic of Benin National Petroleum Corporation that (Barton died from an plane crash accident. On further investigation I found out that he did not leave a WILL and all attempt to trace his next of kin were fruitless.I therefore made further investigation and discovered that (Barton)did not declare any next of kin in all his officialdocuments,including his bank deposit paperwork.This sum of USD$9,000,000.00 is still sitting in the Bank and the interest is being rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each year, No one will come forward to claim it.According to Republic of Benin Law, at the expiration of 6 (six) years,the money will revertto the ownership of the Republic Of Benin Government if nobody applies to claim the funds. Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand in as the next of kin of (Barton)so that the fruit of this old man labour will not get into the hands of some corrupt government officials. This is simple;

1) I will like you to provide me immediately with your full names, address,telephone/fax number so that we can proceed on this inheritance claim.

2) We shall employ the services of attorney for drafting and notarization of the WILL and obtain the necessary documents and letter of probate/administration in yourfavor for the transfer.

3) A bank account in any part of the world, which you provide, will thenfacilitate the transfer of this money to you as the beneficiary/next of kin of ( Barton ) The money will be paid into your account for us to share in the ratio of 55% for me and 40% for you. 5%will be map out to cover anyexpenses incured during the cause of transaction.There is no risk at all as all the paperwork for this transaction will be done by the attorney and my position as the Branch Manager guarantees the successful execution of this transaction.

If you are interested, please reply immediately .Upon your response, I shall then provide you with more details Please observe utmost confidentiality,and rest assured that this transaction would be most profitable for both of us because I shall require your assistance to invest my share in your country.

Awaiting your urgent reply through my email address or you can call me immediately and please save me the anxiety of endless waiting.

God bless you.

From: Mr Abdul Agu Saimon(Bank Manager)

Legend Trust Bank Ltd Cotonou Republic of Benin

Telephone Number:+22993476753

Abdul Saimon

- abdul saimon

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