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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:

From: =?big5?q?bello=20usman?= <>
Date: Fri, 2 Jun 2006 22:57:41 -0700 (PDT)


Dear Sir,

I am writing to you for a joint business transaction. I got your particulars from the Director of Foreign Trade Office in Nigeria Chamber of Chamber of Commerce, Mines and Agriculture.

I got a good recommendation about you, which inspired me to contact you for this transaction. I am Dr. Usman Bello the Director of the Monetary / Domestic Banking Operations at the Central Bank of Nigeria(Federal Reserve Bank Of Nigeria).

I am 54 years old and due to retire within the next two years. Two other Directors with the Central Bank of Nigeria and myself are looking for a reliable person or company that will assist us to receive the fund The said amount was gotten from an over invoiced contract awarded to a Yugoslavian Company during the past two Military Regimes, in Nigeria.

The Yugoslavian Company has been paid off and this over invoice amount is still floating in the Suspense Coded Account. My colleagues and I have completed arrangement to look for a foreign partner who we will transfer the money into his or her bank account. And we have decided that part of the funds should be invested into Stock Market in your country on our behalf. If this proposal is acceptable to you, please send a fax or an e-mail through my confidential e-mail address stating your Full Names, Company Name, Telephone/Fax Numbers, Address and Bank particulars where the funds will be transferred.

As workers with the government and in line with the New Anti-corruption Act law, of the present civilian government,and as we are still serving we are not allowed to operate any foreign account, that is why we are seeking your immediate assistance for the successful transfer of this fund. Be informed that you are in no way at any risk regarding this transaction, as we have put all necessary machinery in place to facilitate the smooth transfer of the fund.

Upon receipt of the above particulars, we will immediately start the process for the release of the funds to any account of your choice, which is to be concluded within 14 banking days, and if there is any more expenses that is needed for the success of this transaction we all should work with one spirit for success, to make sure we transfer the funds very fast out of the bank, because we have done the necessary underground expenses to secure the funds in a CODED ACCOUNT and we have kept some good money to cover every other expenses that will be incured . We assure you that upon successful conclusion of this transaction,

we could do more business with you in future.Looking forward to your kind response.

Yours Sincerely,

Dr. Usman Bello

- bello usman

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