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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: <>
Date: Mon, 21 May 2007 20:12:10 +0900 (JST)
Subject: My Regards To You

Good Day

My name is Mr. Festus Cisse, a staff of one of the prime banks in CI. I am contacting you in regards to a business that will be of great benefit if you can handle it with me. I know that a transaction of this magnitude will make any one apprehensive and worried, but I am assuring you that all will
be well at the end of the day.

In the course of my work I discovered a dormant account belonging to one of our foreign customers. This very account has been dormant for over 6yrs now after my investigations, I discovered that the account owner has died since January 2000. Since his death, nobody has come forward to lay claims
to this money and recently a probate order has been issued and as such if nobody comes for the claim by the end of this fiscal year, the account will be declared unservisable and the funds called to the goverment treasury.

In other to avert this negative action, I now seek your assistance to have you stand as a next of kin to the deceased sine you bear the same surname. All documentations will be carefully worked out by me for the funds to be released in your favour as the next of kin. The account is worth about
US$15,725,000.00 (Fifteen Million Seven Hundred and Twenty Five Thousand Dollars) and I propose a 50:50 spilt at the end of the transcation. I will be here to give you all the guidelines and advices till we get this actaulised.

If you can handle this with me, I will need your full name, address, date of birth and telephone/fax numbers. With these information, I will carefully work on the account file so that you apply for the release of the money as the next of kin. I expect your speedy response.


Mr. Festus Cisse

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