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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 Siraj Diop" <> (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 26 Mar 2007 10:07:30 +0200

In order to transfer out (USD16.6 MILLION) United States Dollars) from BANK OF AFRICA .I have the courage to ask for your assistance to handle this important and confidential business believing that you will never let me down either now or in future.
I am Mr Siraj Diop, Position Auditing Department Office BANK OF AFRICA here in dakar senegal. there is an account opened in this bank in 1982 and since 2001 nobody has operated on this account again. After going through some old files in the records, I discovered that if I do not remit this money out urgently it will be forfeited for nothing.
The owner of this account is a foreigner, and he was a miner at CIVOTT GOLD MINNING SARL. and he was a Geologist by profession and he died since 1992 in plane crash. No other person knows about this account or any thing concerning it, the account has no other beneficiary or next of kin and my investigation proved to me as well that his company does not know anything about this account and the amount involved is (USD 16.6 M) United States Dollars).
I want to transfer the [USD16.6 M] United States Dollars into a safe foreigners partner abroad , but I don't know any foreigner, I am only contacting you as a foreigner because this money can not be approved to any africa person here, but can only be approved to any foreign person because the money is in us dollars and the former owner of the account is a foreigner too.I know that this message will come to you as a surprise as we don't know ourselves before,but be sure that it is real and a genuine business.
You are the only person that I have contacted in this business, so please reply urgently so that I will inform you the next step to take urgently. Send also your private telephone and fax number . I want us to meet face to face or sign a binding agreement to bind us together so that you can receive this money in your country in cash through our diplomat that we used to air lift funds to shell and chevron oil companies in europe and america. I will fly to your country for withdrawal and sharing and other investments after you have confirmed the money in to your account,
I am contacting you because of the need to involve a foreigner with foreign foreign address as beneficiary. I need your full co-operation to make this work fine because the management is ready to approve this payment to any foreigner who has correct information of this fund, which I will give to you later immediately, if you are able and with capability to handle such amount in strict confidence and trust according to my instructions and advice for our mutual benefit because this opportunity will never come again in my life.
I need truthful person in this business because I don't want to make mistake I need your strong assurance and trust. With my position now in the office I can transfer this money to any foreigner's reliable person, intact pending my physical arrival in your country for sharing. and I want to remaind you that your share has been carculated at 35% of the total sum and 5 will map out for the transfer expenses .I waiting for your urgent reply so that I will give you more informations about this transaction on how you can receive this money in your country.if this proposal are well understood and ready to proceed further with me provide me with below information's immediately.
This will help me to start the process of this operation.
Contact me via my this e-mail:
Best Regard.
Mr. Siraj Diop.

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