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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: "mr mohammed" <>
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2006 16:00:29 +0200

Dear Friend,


I am the manager of bill and exchange at the foreign remittance department
I am writting to seek your coperation over this business deal.In my
department, I discovered an abandoned sum of $14million USD(Fourtheen
Million United States Dollars)only , in an acount that belongs to one of our
foreign customers who died along with his entire family in a plane crash
that took place in Kenya,East Africa,the Late DR. GEORGE BRUMLEY,a citizen
of Atlanta,United States of America but naturalised in Burkinafaso,West

Since we got information about his death, we have been expecting his next of
kin to come over and claim his money because it cannot be releasedunless
somebody applies for it as next of kin or relation to the deceased
asindicated in our banking guidelines but unfortunately , all his supposed
next of kin or relation died alongside with him at the plane crashleaving
nobody behind for the claim. It is therefore upon this discovery that Inow
decided to make this businness proposal to you and release the money to you
via your foreign bank account as the next of kin or relation to the
deceased for safety and subsequent disbursement since nobody is coming for
it and this money Could go into the Bank treasury as unclaimed Bill.

The Banking law and guideline here stipulate that if such money remained
unclaimed after 3 years, the money will be transfered into the Bank's
treasury as unclaimed fund.The request for your assistance and
maximumco-operation as a foreign citizen to stand as the next of kin in this
business is occasioned by the fact that the deceased customer was aforeigner
and a Burkinabe cannot stand as next of kin to a foreigner.

40 % of this money will be for you as my foreign partner,in respect tothe
provision of a foreign account. 5 % will be set aside for expencesincured
during the business and 55 % would be for me.There after I will comeover to
your country for disbursement accoding the percentages
indicated.Therefore to enable the immediate trnansfer of this fund to you as
arranged,you must apply first to the bank as the relation or next of kin to
the deceased,indicating your claims and wherein the money will be remitted.

Upon receipt of your reply, I will send to you by fax or email the text of
application which you will fill and forward to the office of the foreign
remittance director of the bank of africa. I will not fail to
bring toyour notice that this transaction is strictly confidential and i
will use my position in this Bank to effect a hitch free transfer of the
fund. You should contact me immediately as soon as you receive this letter
on phone number:00226 7656 9226 Trusting to hear from you immediately.

Please , visit the website below for more informations about the Plane Crash
and the tragic death of the deceased and his entire family,Late DR. GEORGE

Yours Faithfully,
Alhaji Ibrahim Mohammed.

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