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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: bin muda <mr-bin-muda19@hotmail.com>
Reply-To: <bin-muda1000@hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2007 11:24:42 +0000
Subject: YOUR URGENT ASSISTANCE NEENED




>FROM MR BIN MUDABANK OF AFRICA (BOA).
OUAGADOUGOU -BURKINA FASO. PLEASE YOUR URGENT ASSISTANCE NEENED Reply me here please. Email: bin-muda1000@hotmail.com Dear Friend, This message might meet you in utmost surprise,however, it's just my urgent need for foreign partner that made me to contact you for this transaction.I am a banker by profession from Burkina faso in west Africa and currently holding the post of Director Auditing and Accounting unit of the bank.I have the opportunity of transfering the left over funds ($11.5million) of one of my bank clients who died along with his entire family on 31 july 2000 in a plane crash.You can confirm the genuiness of the deceased death by clicking on this web sitehttp://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/859479.stmHence,i am inviting you for a business deal where this mone can be shared between us in the ratio of 60/30 while 10% will be mapped out for expenses.If you agree to my business proposal. further details of the transfer will be forwarded to you as soon as i receive your return mail.have a great day.yours, Mr Bin Muda Send your Reply to my new email address. Email: bin-muda1000@hotmail.com
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