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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: "EMMANUEL AHANS" <emmanuel.ahans2@hotmail.com>
Reply-To: ahans.emmanuel@yahoo.com
Date: Tue, 07 Nov 2006 18:13:45 +0000
Subject: GOOD DAY,GABRIELLE.

FROM DESKTOP OF
EMMANUEL AHANS
BANK OF AFRICA COTONOU
BENIN REPBLIC WEST AFRICA.
FOREIEGN REMITTANCE DEPT.

ATTN:My Dear, GABRIELLE.

I AM EMMANUEL AHANS WORK WITH THE BANK OF AFRICA ,AS THE FORIEGN REMITTANCE
ACCOUNTANT IN THE BANK DR. HANSEN, HAVE BEEN MY GOOD CLIENT AS REGARD
KNOWING HIS ASSET IN MY BANK. DR HANSEN IS A CITIZEN OF AMERICA, WHO OWN A
MULTIMILLION CONSTRUCTION COMPANY HERE IN BENIN.

I AM HIS ACCOUNT OFFICER IN THE BANK, SO HE IS MY CLIENT .
ON THE 30TH OF JANUARY 2004, MY CLIENT, HIS WIFE AND THEIR THREE CHILDREN
WERE INVOLVED IN A GHASTLY MOTOR ACCIDENT ALONG PORT-NOVO EXPRESS ROAD. MY
CLIENT AND HIS ENTIRE FAMILY UNFORTUNATELY LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE ACCIDENT.

SINCE THEN I HAVE MADE SEVERAL ENQUIRIES TO THEIR EMBASSY TO LOCATE ANY OF
MY CLIENT'S EXTENDED RELATIVES, WHICH HAS PROVED ABORTIVE. AFTER THESE
SEVERAL UNSUCESSFUL ATTEMPTS,THE NEED TO CONTACT YOU AROSE BASED ON THE FACT
THAT YOU ARE A FOREIGNER AND YOU NAME CORRESPONDED WITH MY LATE CLIENT NAME
..
MY MAIN REASON FOR CONTACTING YOU IS TO ASSIST ME IN REPATRIATING THE MONEY
AND PROPERTY LEFT BEHIND BY MY CLIENT BEFORE THEY ARE CONFISCATED OR
DECLARED UNSERVICEABLE BY THE BANK WHERE THEY ARE DEPOSITED/LODGED.
PARTICULARLY, THE BANK OF AFRICA .WHERE THE DECEASED HAS A BALANCE SUM OF
$10.5M(TEN . FIVE MILLION USD) IN HIS ACCOUNT.

THE BANK ISSUED A FINAL NOTICE TO ME TO PROVIDE THE NEXT OF KIN OF MY CLIENT
OR THEY WILL BE LEFT WITH NO OTHER CHOICE THAN TO CONFISCATE HIS FUNDS.

SINCE I HAVE BEEN UNSUCCESSFUL IN LOCATING MY CLIENT'S RELATIVES FOR THE
PAST 2 YEARS, NOW I SEEK YOUR CONSENT TO PRESENT YOU AS THE NEXT OF KIN OF
MY CLIENT SO THAT THE FUND ,THE SUM OF (TEN MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND
UNITED STATES DOLLARS) WILL BE PAID IN YOUR NAME INSTEAD OF LEAVING IT FOR
THE BANK.
I HAVE ALREADY PERFECTED EVERY UNDERGROUND WORK TO BACK UP ANY CLAIM WE MAY
MAKE. ALL THAT I REQUIRE IS YOUR HONEST COOPERATION TO ENABLE US SEE THIS
ARRANGEMENT THROUGH. I GUARANTEE THAT THIS WILL BE EXECUTED UNDER A
LEGITIMATE ARRANGEMENT THAT I WILL PROTECT YOU FROM ANY BREACH OF THE LAW.
PLEASE REPLY ME IF YOU CAN ASSIST .

FINALLY KINDLY GIVE ME YOUR CONFIDENTAIL PHONE/FAX NUMBERS SO THAT I CAN FAX
OR ATTACH A SPECIMEN APPLICATION WHICH YOU WILL RE-TYPE AND SUMMIT TO THE
BANK AS THE NEXT OF KIN,ALSO YOUR OFFICE AND RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS.

FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE TOWARDS THIS,I HAVE RESOLVED ALREADY THAT WE WILL
DISCUSS BETWEEN US ON THE EQUITY FORMULAR WE CAN SHARE THE MONEY.

BEST REGARDS,
EMMANUEL AHANS

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