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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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Fraud email example:

From: "rolland" <rollandwilliams204@yahoo.com> (may be fake)
Reply-To: rollandwilliams203@yahoo.com
Date: Sat, 18 Nov 2006 23:19:44 +0100
Subject: PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL

FROM:MR.ROLLAND WILLIAMS
BILL AND EXCHANGE MANAGER,
AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK (A D B)
DAKAR SENEGAL


Dear Sir/Madam,

(PRIVATE & CONFIDENTIAL)

I am ROLLAND WILLIAMS the MANAGER in charge of BILL AND EXCHANGE section of
AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK (A D B) dakar senegal in West
Africa.With due respect and egard I have decided to contact you on a
business transaction that will be very beneficial to both of us at the
end
of the transaction.

During our investigation and auditing in this bank, my department came
across a very huge sum of money belonging to a deceased person who died
on
November 2001 in a plane crash and the fund has been dormant in his
account
with this Bank without any claim of the fund in our custody either from
his
family or relation before my discovery to this development.

Although personally, I keep this information secret within myself to
enable
the whole plans and idea be Profitable and successful during the time
of
execution. The said amount was sum of $ TWENTY TWO MILLION THREE
HUNDRED
THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS ($22.3m)

Meanwhile all the whole arrangement to put claim over this fund as the
Bonafide next of kin to the deceased, get the required approval and
transfer
this money to a foreign account has been put in place and directives
and
needed information will be relayed to you as soon as you indicate your
interest and willingness to assist me and also benefit your self to
this
great business opportunity.

In fact I could have done this deal alone but because of my position in
this
country as a civil servant(A Banker),we are not allowed to operate a
foreign
account and would eventually raise an eye brow on my side during the
time of
transfer because I work in this bank. This is the actual reason why it
will
require a second party or fellow who will forward claims as the next of
kin
to the Bank and also present a foreign account where he will need the
money
to be re-transferred into on his request as it may be after due
verification
and clarification by the correspondent branch of the bank where the
whole
money will be remitted from to your own designation bank account.I
don't
want this money to go into the Bank treasury as unclaimed Bill.Our
Banking
law and guideline here stipulates that if such money remained
unclaimed
after five 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
senegalese
cannot stand as next of kin to a foreigner.

I will not fail to inform you that this transaction is 100% risk free.
On
smooth conclusion of this transaction, you will be entitled to 30% of
the
total sum as gratification, while 5% will be set aside to take care of
expenses that may arise during the time of transfer and also telephone
bills, while 65% will be for me. Please, you have been adviced to keep
"top
secret" as I am still in service and intend to retire from service
after I
conclude this deal with you.

I will be monitoring the whole situation here in this bank until you
confirm
the money in your account and ask me to come down to your country for
subsequent sharing of the fund according to percentages previously
indicated
and further investment, either in your country or any country you
advice us
to invest in.

All other necessary vital information will be sent to you when I hear
from
you.
I look forward to receive your email.

Yours faithfully,
MR. ROLLAND WILLIAMS


25B airport Rd.
dakar senegal



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