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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: basil kone <>
Date: Mon, 26 Mar 2007 13:26:46 +0100 (BST)

Dear Friend,

Good day to you.

I am Mr Kone Basil an accountant in the bill and exchange department of the foreign remittance section of Banque Togolaise De Developpment Lome,Togo in West Africa

I contacted you into this transaction so that you will stand as the next of kin before this bank to enable the bank to effect the transfer of this fund into your bank account, after the last audit In my department we
discovered an abandoned sum amount of ( $ 14.2 million US dollars) fourteen million two hundred thousand US dollars in an account that belongs to one of our foreign customers, Mr D B Snodgrass, who was
involved in 2001 hamas suicide bombing in pizzeria august 2001 and he died..
information about his victim, we have been expecting his next of Kin to come over and claim this money because the bank can not release the money unless somebody applies for it, as next of Kin or relation to the deceased as indicated in the banking and financial policies,
fortunately we got full information about him that he was a victim to this bombing suicide and none of his family know's about this fun.
no body comes over to claim this money yet.

After discovery that I and one of my colleagues in my department now decided to make this business proposal to you so that you work together with me as a foreigner for the bank to release this fun to you as the next of kin or relation to this deceased customer for safety and subsequent disbursement since no body is coming for the fun and we don't want this money to go into the Bank treasury account as unclaimed fund to this bank.
The Banking law and guideline here stipulates that if such money remained unclaimed after Seven years the money will be transferred into the Bank treasury account as unclaimed fund. The Bank request for the next of kine to come up . so as a foreigner you shall stand as next of kin into this business occasioned by the fact that the customer was a foreigner and an indigene can not stand as next of kin to this deceased family.

upon the conclusion of this transaction.
We agreed that 25% of this money will be for you as foreign partner, in respect to the provision of a foreign account,
5% will be set aside for expenses that may incurred during this transaction, and 70 % will be for me and my colleague.

Thereafter, I and my colleague will visit your country for disbursement according to the percentages indicated.
To enable the immediate transfer of this fun to you as arranged above as we have made every underground work for the successful of the transfer.but you must apply first to our Bank as the relation or next of kin to this deceased indicating for that reason you shall send these informations below !!!!

Your full Names........ your private telephone.....Age....Occupation...
fax number ............. Home Address.
for easy and effective communication

Upon receipt of your reply, I will send to you by fax or e-mail the text of the application or i will submit it on your behalf.
I must tell you that this is favour from God the transaction is risk free and you should not entertain any atom of fear as all required arrangements have been made for the Claim.


we shall invest our own share in your country to avoid peoples awareness as we are civil servants here.
With your acceptance and co-operation, we shall conclude this transaction within seven working days. Please keep this very confidential.
You contact me on the same EMAIL address as soon as you receive this letter.

May God be with you.

Yours faithfully,

Mr Kone Basil

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