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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 ali musa" <>
Date: Sat, 28 Oct 2006 18:42:00 +0000


My Name is Mr. Musa Aliyashi, a credit and finance manager with African
Development Bank here in Accra Ghana. In my department i discovered an
abandoned funds (USD$ 20.5 million) in an account that belongs to one of our
foreign customer (MR. ANDREAS SCHRANNER from Munich, Germany) who died along
with his entire family in July 2000 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
some body applies for it as next of kin or relation to the deceased as
indicated in our banking guidlings and laws 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 now 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 don't want this money to go into the bank treasury as
unclaimed bill.

The banking law and guidline here stipulates that if such money remained
unclaimed after Six 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 occassioned by the fact that the customer was a foreigner and an
Indigene cannot stand as next of kin to a foreigner.

Your percentage will be declare to you as soon as you indicate your
interest. I will visit your country for disbursement according to the
percentage indicated once you have agreed to get this fund transfered
through your account.

Therefore, to enable the immediate move of this fund to you arranged, you
must apply first to the bank as relation or next of kin of the deceased
1.Your full name and address
2.Your telephone and fax number for easy communication.
3.Your company's name and address.
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 movement of the money.

You should contact me immediately as soon as you receive this letter.
Trusting to hear from you immediately. reply through my alternative Email

Yours Faithfully,


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