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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: "fabu dawa3" <fabudawa3@latinmail.com>
Date: Fri, 7 Jul 2006 15:03:27 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: FROM THE DESK OF FABU DAWA


FROM THE DESK OF FABU DAWA
FOREIGN REMMITTANCE DEPT.
AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK
OUAGADOUGOU, BURKINA FASO.

DEAR FRIEND ,

WITH DUE RESPECT AND HUMINITY, I WRITE TO YOU THIS PROPOSAL.I AM THE>MANAGER OF BILL AND EXCHANGE AT THE FOREIGN REMITTANCE DEPARTMENT OF
AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK.

IN MY DEPARTMENT, WE DISCOVERED AN ABANDONED SUM OF U.S$15.5M US
DOLLARS (FIFTHTEEN MILLION, FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND US DOLLARS) . IN
AN
ACCOUNT THAT BELONGS TO ONE OF OUR FOREIGN CUSTOMER WHO DIED ALONG
WITH


HIS ENTIRE FAMILY IN NOVEMBER 2002 IN A PLANE CRASH.

SINCE WE GOT INFORMATION ABOUT HIS DEATH, WE HAVE BEEN EXPECTING HIS
NEXT OF KIN TO COME FORWARD AND CLAIM HIS MONEY BECAUSE WE CANNOT
RELEASE IT UNLESS SOMEBODY APPLIES FOR IT AS NEXT OF KIN OR RELATION
TO


THE DECEASED AS INDICATED IN OUR BANKING GUIDELINES AND POLICIES BUT
UNFORTUNATELY WE LEARNT THAT ALL HIS SUPPOSED NEXT OF KIN OR
RELATION
DIED ALONGSIDE WITH HIM AT THE PLANE CRASH LEAVING NOBODY BEHIND FOR
THE CLAIMS. IT IS THEREFORE UPON THIS DISCOVERY THAT I AND OTHER
OFFICIALS IN MY DEPARTMENT NOW DECIDED TO MAKE THIS BUSINNESS
PROPOSAL
TO YOU AND RELEASE THE MONEY TO YOU AS THE NEXT OF KIN OR RELATION
TO
THE DECEASED FOR SAFETY AND SUBSEQUENT DISBURSEMENT SINCE NOBODY IS
COMING FORTH AND WE DON'T WANT THIS MONEY TO GO INTO THE BANK
TREASURY


AS UNCLAIMED BILL.

ACCORDING TO OUR BANKING POLICIES AND GUIDELINE HERE WHICH
STIPULATES
THAT IF SUCH MONEY REMAINED UNCLAIMED AFTER FIVE YEARS, THE MONEY
WILL
AUTOMATICALLY BE TRANSFERED INTO THE BANK TREASURY AS UNCLAIMED
FUND.
THE REQUEST OF FOREIGNER AS NEXT OF KIN IN THIS BUSINESS IS
OCCASIONED
BY THE FACT THAT THE CUSTOMER WAS A FOREIGNER AND A BURKINABE CANNOT
STAND AS NEXT OF KIN TO A FOREIGNER.
WE AGREE THAT 30 % OF THIS MONEY WILL BE FOR YOU AS FOREIGN PARTNER,
IN


RESPECT TO THE PROVISION OF A FOREIGN ACCOUNT, 10 % WILL BE FOR
REIMBURSEMENT OF ANY EXPENSES INCURED DURING THE CURSE OF THE
TRANSACTION AND 60 % WOULD BE FOR ME AND MY COLLEAGUES. THERE AFTER
I
AND MY COLLEAGUES WILL VISIT YOUR COUNTRY FOR DISBURSEMENT ACCORDING
TO


THE PERCENTAGES INDICATED.

THEREFORE TO ENABLE THE IMMEDIATE TRNANSFER OF THIS FUND TO YOU AS
ARRANGED, YOU MUST APPLY FIRST TO THE BANK AS RELATION OR NEXT OF
KIN
OF THE DECEASED INDICATING YOUR BANK NAME, YOUR BANK ACCOUNT NUMBER,
YOUR PRIVATE TELEPHONE AND FAX NUMBER FOR EASIER AND EFFECTIVE
COMMUNICATION AND LOCATION WHERE THE MONEY WILL BE REMITTED .

UPON RECEIPT OF YOUR REPLY, I WILL SEND TO YOU BY FAX OR EMAIL THE
TEXT


OF THE APPLICATION. I WILL NOT FAIL TO BRING TO YOUR NOTICE THAT
THIS
TRANSACTION IS HITCH FREE AND THAT YOU SHOULD NOT ENTERTAIN ANY ATOM
OF


FEAR AS ALL REQUIRED ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE FOR THE TRANSFER .
YOU SHOULD CONTACT ME IMMEDIATELY AS SOON AS YOU RECEIVE THIS
LETTER.
TRUSTING TO HEAR FROM YOU IMMEDIATELY.

YOURS FAITHFULLY,
FABU DAWA


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