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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: ANDRA KHOLO <andrakholo@yahoo.co.uk>
Date: Sat, 24 Jun 2006 22:53:03 +0200
Subject: === A D B=== TUNISIA


FROM: MR.ANDRA KHOLO. (ADB)
COURIER PACKING DEPARTMENT, TUNIS.
DEAR,
I KNOW THIS WILL COME TO YOU AS A SURPRISE BECAUSE YOU DO NOT KNOW ME.
I AM MR.ANDRA KHOLO, WORKING WITH AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK, (ADB) PACKAGING AND COURIER DEPARTMENT.
I GOT YOUR CONTACT IN MY SEARCH FOR A HONEST PERSON THROUGH THE TRADE DEPARTMENT CENTRE IN YOUR COUNTRY'S EMBASSY.
I WANT YOU TO HELP ME CLEAR THIS PACKAGE THAT IS ALREADY IN LONDON WHICH I SHIPPED THROUGH OUR ADB ACCREDITED COURIER AGENT BUT THE CONTENTS OF THE PACKAGE IS $10,000,000.00 ALL IN $100.00 BILLS, BUT
THE COURIER COMPANY DOES NOT KNOW THAT IT IS MONEY THAT I HAVE IN THE PACKAGE.
ALL I NEEDED FROM YOU IS NOTHING BUT YOUR HONEST/ YOUR MAILING ADDRESS, PRIVATE PHONE/FAX NUMBERS.
YOU WILL BE HAVING 30% AND 70% WILL BE FOR ME. MY IDENTITY MUST NOT BE REVEALED TO ANY BODY. AS THIS PROJECT IS CONFIDENTIAL BECAUSE OF THE NATURE OF MY JOB.
IF THIS ARRANGEMENT IS OKAY BY YOU, YOU CAN MAIL ME. THROUGH andrakholo@yahoo.co.uk or africandevelopmentbank8@hotmail.com, PLEASE DON'T CALL THE SWITCH BOARD OR ANY OF THE BANK NUMBERS FOR SECURITY REASONS, I SHALL PROVIDE YOU WITH A NUMBER TO REACH ME ONCE WE ESTABLISH THE MUTUALITY.
OTHER MODALITIES WILL BE DISCUSSED AS SOON AS YOU GET BACK TO ME.
YOURS TRULY,
MR. ANDRA KHOLO.
COURIER DEPARTMENT (ADB)

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