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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: "safando musa" <safando_musa02@hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2006 13:45:25 +0000
Subject: (STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL AND VERY URGENT)

(STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL)
FROM THE DESK OF (DR SAFANDO MUSA)
BILL AND EXCHANGE MANAGER /FOREIGN REMITTANCE DEPT.
AFRICAN DEVLOPMENT BANK (A.D.B)OUAGADOUGOU -BF


ATTN:


REQUEST FOR THE URGENT TRANSFER OF THE SUM OF TWENTY SIX MILLION
DOLLARS(US$26.000.000) ONLY INTO YOUR ACCOUNT.

You may be surprise to receive this message from me since you don't now me
in person, but for the purpose of introduction., I got your impressive
information through an international business equiryon internet.But I
respectfully insist you read carefully as I am optimistic it will open doors
for unimaginable financial reward for both of us.
This business transaction might not fall within the wide spectrum of your
business activities ,but I plead your asistance ,as your flair for
profitable business is needed .

Permit me to introduce myself.I am (DR SAFANDO MUSA) the bill and exchange
manger at the foreign remittance department of AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK .In
My department I discovered an abandoned sum of(TWENTY SIX MILLIONS 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 I got information about his death, I have been expecting his next of
kin to come over and claim his money because we cannot release it unless
somebody applies for it as next of kin or relation to the deceased an
indicated in our banking guidelines but unfortunately I learnt that all his
supposed next of kin or relation died alongside with him at the planecrash
leaving nobody behind for
the claim.

It is therefore upon this discovery that I and other officials in my
department now decided to make 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 for it and I dont want this
money to go into the Bank treasury as unclaimed Bill The Banking law and
guideline here
stipulates that if such money remained unclamed after five years, the money
will
be transfered into the Bank treasury as unclaimed fund.

The request of foreigner as next of kin in this business is occasioned
bythe fact that the customer was aforeigner and a Burkinabe cannot stand as
next of kin to a foreigner.I agree that 30 % of this money will be for you
as foreign partner, inrespect to the provision of a foreign account, 10
%will be set aside for expenses incured during the business and 60 % would
be for me .

There after I will visit your country with my family for disbursement
according to the percentages indicated. Therefore to enable the immediate
transfer of this fund to you as as ranged, you must apply first to the bank
as relations or next of kin of the deceased indicating your bank name, your
bank account number,your private telephone and fax number for easy and
effective
communication and location where in the money will be remitted .

On your acceptance, I will send to the text of application by fax or by
email which you are going to apply to the bank ; and provide materials
confirmation references and inquiries regarding payment formalities from the
payment Agency.
I will be handling official protocols here and expect you to undertake
international responsibilities as I am assuring you of a risk free
transaction provided you display maturity.
Therefore, if you are willing and interested to render the needed
assistance, endeavor to reply through my email address.


Thanking you in anticipation of your kind considerations.

Yours sincerely.

(DR SAFANDO MUSA)

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