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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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Fraud email example:

From: karim ahmed <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jul 2007 11:38:02 +0200
Subject: Call me for more discussion.(00226 78847889)

From the desk of Mr. Karim AhmedAudit and Account Information Manger African Development Bank (ADB)Ouagadougou Burkina Faso Dear friend, Please, attention and understand my reason of contacting you today through this email, my name is Mr. Karim Ahmed, the auditor general, Audit and account information Manager in African development bank Ouagadougou Burkina-Faso. In my department, during the Auditing of the year 2006, I discovered an abounded sum of $25,200.000 dollars that belongs to our Late customer Mr. john korovo, a Jordan prominent man who unfortunately lost his life in the plane crash a Beirut-bound charter jet crashed on take off from a coastal airport in the West African country of Benin, 25th December 2003.You may read more about the crash on visiting this C.N.N News internet website below,( we got information about his death, I have made an investigation and verification concerning him and I find out the he die along with his entire family and her wife is the next of kin. It is upon the discovery that I decided to make this business proposal to you since the banking law and guideline here stipulated that if such money remained unclaimed after five years, the money will be transferred into the bank treasury as unclaimed fund. The statistics of transferring this fund is needed a foreigner as next of kin hence Mr John korovo is foreigner. Therefore, I desperately need your assistance to secure and move this huge sums of money left behind by late Mr. John Korovo $25,200.000.00, (Twenty Five Million Two Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) out from African Development Bank Ouagadougou Burkina Faso to your own account, I have agreed that 40% of this money will be for you as the beneficiary in respect of the provision of your Account and services rendered, 50% would be for me while 10% will be for expenses incurred during the cause of the transaction. I and my family will leave here immediately to your country for an investment with my share as soon as the fund transfers to your account. Please i want you strictly keep this transaction confidential and secret as you may wish to know that I am Bank official. Is rest assured that this business transaction is 100% risk free?Note on your willingness toward this transaction, I want you to indicate you’re self by sending below information1. Your Full Name: 2. Your Contact Cell Phone Number 3. Your Age: 4. You’re Sex:5. You’re Occupations: 6. Your Country and City: Call me immediately you received this mail for more discussion.(00226 78847889)ThanksMr. Karim Ahmed.
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