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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: "Dr Halloma Musa" <>
Date: Sat, 28 Oct 2006 17:52:13 +0000
Subject: Urgent Business Partner!!!


Dear Friend,

I crave your indulgence as I contact you in such a surprising manner and I
want you to bear in mind that this is not a hoax mail But I respectfully
insist you read this mail carefully as I am optimistic it will open door for
unimaginable financial reward for both of us.I got your contact through
Burkinafaso information network online services,

I am the manager of bill and exchange at the foreign remittance department
of AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK (ADB)I am writing to seek your interest over a
transaction. In my department we discovered an abandoned sum of $15m US
dollars (FIFTEEN MILLION US DOLLARS) in an account that belongs to one of
our foreign customer,known as Dr George Brumley Jr, 68, and his wife, Jean,
67.Who died along with his entire family in Monday, July 21, 2003,in plane
crash with Atlanta airline.visit the

Since we got information about his death, we 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 as
indicated in our banking guidelines 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 claim.

It is therefore upon this discovery that I decided to make this business
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 we dont want this money to go into the Bank treasury as
unclaimed Fund.

The Banking law and guideline here stipulates that if such money remained
unclaimed after six years, the money will be transferred 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. I agree that 35% of
this money will be for you as foreign partner, in respect to the provision
of a foreign account, 5% will be set aside for expenses incurred during the
business and 60% would be for me and my family.

There after I will visit your country for disbursement according to the
percentages indicated. Therefore to enable the immediate transfer of this
fund to you as arranged, 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 .

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 and also call me
on phone for more directives.Contact

Tele-Phone:00226 78 01 67 78.
Alternative email:-(

Hopeing to hear from you immediately.

Your's faithfully,


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