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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: "sawadogo paul" <sawadogo-paul-46@hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 01 May 2007 21:23:07 +0000
Subject: VERY URGENT AND CONFIDENTIAL BUSINESS PROPOSAL.

FROM THE DESK OF MR.PAUL SAWADOGO.
THE BANK OF AFRICA (BOA).
OUAGADOUGOU BURKINA-FASO
WEST AFRICA.

FIRSTLY,I MUST SOLICIT YOUR CONFIDENCE IN THIS TRANSACTION.THIS IS BY VIRTUE
OF ITS NATURE AS BEING UTTERLY CONFIDENTIAL AND TOP SECRET.HOWEVER AFTER
SERIES OF PETITION WAS RECIEVED BY THIS PRESENT REGIME FROM FOREIGN
CONTRACTORS AND INABILITY OF THE BANK OF AFRICA(BOA)TO FULFILL THEIR
OBLIGATION FOR THE PAYMENTS TO ITS FOREIGN CREDITORS, IN CONJUNCTION WITH
THE COUNCIL OF MINISTERS,THEY MANDATED US TO CARRY OUT A CAREFUL AND
COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW OF ALL OVERDUE PAYMENTS TO FOREIGN CONTRACTORS AND TO
EFFECT THE PAYMENTS IMMEDIATELY.DURING THE ABOVE MENTIONED PROCESS,WE
DISCOVERED AN ABANDONED SUM OF US$12.3 M(TWELVE MILLION THREE HUNDRED US
DOLLARS) IN AN ACCOUNT THAT BELONGS TO ONE OF OUR FOREIGN CUSTOMER WHO DIED
ALONG WITH HIS ENTIRE FAMILY IN A PLANE CRASH THAT HAPPENED IN (MONDAY 31ST
JULY 2000).

SINCE WE GOT INFORMATIONS 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 AND LAWS 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 DECIDED TO MAKE THIS BUSINESS 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 BACK TO BANK TREASURY AS UNCLAIMED BILL.

I AGREE THAT 40% OF THIS MONEY WILL BE FOR YOU AS A FOREIGN PARTNER, IN
RESPECT TO THE PROVISION OF A FOREIGN ACCOUNT,AND 50% WOULD BE FOR ME,WHILE
10% WILL BE FOR EXPENSES THAT WILL INCURE DURING THE TRANSACTION. THERE
AFTER I WILL VISIT YOUR COUNTRY FOR DISBURSEMENT ACCORDING TO THE PERCENTAGE
INDICATED.THEREFORE,TO ENABLE THE IMMEDIATE TRANSFER OF THIS FUND TO YOU AS
ARRANGED.YOU SHOULD APPLY FIRST TO THE BANK MANAGEMENT BOARD AS A RELATION
OR NEXT OF KIN TO THE DECEASED CUSTOMER OFTHE BANK INDICATING YOUR BANK
NAME,YOUR BANK ACCOUNT NUMBER,YOUR PRIVATE TELEPHONE AND FAX NUMBER FOR EASY
AND EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATIONS AND LOCATION WHERE THE MONEY WILL BE REMITTED.

UPON THE RECEIPT OF YOUR REPLY, I WILL SEND TO YOU BY EMAIL THE TEXT OF THE
APPLICATION FORM OF CLAIM TO FILL AND SEND TO THE BANK MANAGEMENT BOARD.I
WILL NOT FAIL TO BRING TO YOUR NOTICE THAT THIS TRANSACTION IS HITCH-FREE
RISK AND THIS TRANSACTION WILL ONLY TAKE US 14 BANKING DAYS BECAUSE AS A
BANKER, I KNOW WHAT TO DO INORDER TO MOVE THE FUND INTO YOUR ACCOUNT WITHOUT
ANY DELAY AND THAT YOU SHOULD NOT ENTERTAIN ANY ATOM OF FEAR AS ALL REQUIRED
ARRANGEMENT HAS BEEN MADE FOR THE TRANSFER.

YOU SHOULD CONTACT ME ON MY TELEPHONE NUMBER: 0022676409760,AS SOON AS YOU
RECEIVE THIS MY EMAIL SO THAT I WILL SEND TO YOU THE TEXT OF THE APPLICATION
FORM OF CLAIM AND FOR YOU TO APPLY RAPIDLY TO THE BANK.

YOURS FAITHFULLY,
MR.PAUL SAWADOGO.
FROM (BOA) OUAGADOUGOU BURKINA-FASO.

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