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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2007 20:46:55 +0100

Attn: The President/CEO Sir TRANSFER OF US$36 MILLION {URGENT AND STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL} I am a Director of World Bank Development Programme {WBDP VISION 2010} Africa region, and my name is Dr. Ben Abu, from South Africa. I am currently on official assignment in Nigeria. WHAT YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO DO As an officer of the Wold Bank we are not allowed to operate foreign bank accounts. Hence I am in search of an independent foreign partner to assist in the re-profiling of the US$36 MILLION. Specifically, you will be required to: 1. Front as the beneficiary of the funds.2. Assist in the transfer of the funds into a bank account provided by you. ADVANTAGES As you may wish to know, the US$36 MILLION accrued from the US$1.5 BILLION recently approved by the World Bank Group for various development projects in Africa. The contract projects have been successfully executed and this excess fund of US$36 MILLION is floating in a suspense account. It will take only a few days to complete the transfer to your account and the business is completely risk free. WHAT YOU WILL GET After the transfer, 47.5% of the US$36 MILLION will be your share. 5% will be set aside to reimburse expenses {if any} incurred during the transaction. 47.5% will be for me. REQUIREMENTS: Send immediately the following particulars: 1. Your full name and address2. The name of yor company and address3. Your direct phone and fax numbers.4. A bank account where you want the fund transferred into. Reply to my confidential email address: Yours faithfully, Ben P. Abu
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