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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.Traure <>
Date: Wed, 08 Nov 2006 13:22:08 +0100
Subject: ATTENTION!!!!!!

DR Musa Traure.

Dear Sir,
I am the manager of bill and exchange at the foreign remittance department
of African Development Bank (ADB). I got your address in Burkina faso
chamber of commerce through yahoo details.
In my departmentn we discovered an abandoned sum of $ 30 m US dollars
(Thirty Millon US dollars) . In an account that belongs to one of our
foreign customer who died along with his entire family in a concord plane
crash in the year 2000 in paris that almost took the whole life of the
pasengeres on board.
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 and other officials in my department now decided to make this
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 we don;t 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 three years, the money will be transfered into the Bank
treasury account 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.
We agree that 30 % of this money will be for you as foreign partner, in
respect to the provision of a foreign account, 10 % will be set aside for
expenses incured during the business and 60 % would be for ;me and my
colleagues. There after I and my colleagues will visit your country for
disbursement accoding to the percentages indicated. Therefore to enable the
immediate trnansfer 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.
Trusting to hear from you immediately.
Your;s faithfully,
DR. Musa Traure.
(Bill and exchange manager)

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