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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: moctar kabore <moctar_kabore25@hotmail.fr>
Reply-To: <moctar_kabore01@yahoo.fr>
Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2007 21:29:00 +0000
Subject: I NEED YOUR HELP



FROM THE DESK OFMR MOCTAR KABOREBILL AND EXCHANGE MANAGER,BANK OF AFRICA ANNEXOUAGADOUGOU, BURKINA FASO. ATTENTION: FIRST I MUST SOLICIT FOR YOUR CONFIDENCE IN THIS VERY TRANSACTION, THIS IS BY VIRTUE OF IT'S NATURE AS BEING UTTERLY CONFIDENTIAL, THOUGH I KNOW THAT A TRANSACTION OF THIS MAGNITUDE, WILL MAKE ANYONE APPREHENSIVE AND WORRIED BUT I AM ASSURING YOU THAT ALL WILL BE WELL AT THE END OF THIS TRANSACTION.I HAVE DECIDED TO CONTACT YOU DUE TO THE URGENCY OF THIS TRANSACTION, FIRST LET ME START BY INTRODUCING MYSELF PROPERLY TO YOU. I AM MR MOCTAR KABORE, THE BILL AND EXCHANGE MANAGER OF BANK OF AFRICA ANNEX HERE IN OUAGADOUGOU, BURKINA FASO.I CAME TO KNOW YOU WHEN I WAS SEACHING THE INTERNATIONAL DIRECTORY FEW WEEK'S AGO FOR A RELIABLE AND REPUTABLE PERSON TO HANDLE THIS CONFIDENTIALTRANSACTION WHICH INVOLVES THE TRANSFER OF HUGE SUM OF AMOUTH TO A FOREIGN COUNTRY REQUIRING MAXIMUM CONFIDENCE.I DECIDED TO CONTACT YOU ON THIS MAGNITUDE AND LUCRATIVE TRANSACTION FOR OUR PRESENT AND FUTURE SURVIVAL IN LIFE. MOREOVER I HAVE LAID ALL THE SOLEMN TRUST IN YOU BEFOR I DECIDED TO DISCLOSE THIS SUCCESSFUL AND CONFIDENTIAL TRANSACTION TO YOU. THE PROPOSITION: A FOREIGNER WHO MEET HIS DEATH IN (KENYA AIR BUS) (A310-30) FLIGHT Ko430 THAT CRASHED IN ABIDJAN,COTE D'IVOIRE BANKED WITH US AT BANK OF AFRICA ANNEX HERE IN BURKINA FASO AND HAD A CLOSING BALANCE AS AT THE END OF SEPTEMBER2000 WORTH $12,500.000.000(TWELVE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS). THE BANK NOW EXPECTS A NEXT OF KIN AS BENEFICIARY,AND VALUABLE EFFORTS HAVE BEEN MADE BY BANK OF AFRICA TO GET IN TOUCH WITH ANY OF HASSAN'S FAMILY OR RELATIVES BUT TO NO SUCCESS. IT IS BECAUSE OF THE PERCEIVED POSSIBILITY OF NOT BEING ABLE TO LOCATE ANY OF THE LATE DEPOSITORS NEXT-OF-KIN ( HE HAD NO WIFE OR CHILDREN THAT IS KNOWN TO the bank). BASED UPON THIS DISCOVERY I AND COLLEAGUES HAVE DECIDED TO MAKE THIS BUSINESS PROPOSAL TO YOU AND RELEASE THE MONEY TO YOU AS 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 INTO THE BANK TREASURY AS UNCLAIMED FUNDS.THE BANKING LAWS AND GUIDELINES HERE STIPULATES THAT, IF SUCH MONEY REMAINED UNCLAIMED AFTER EIGHT YEARS, THE MONEY WILL BE TRANSFERED INTO THE BANK'S TREASURY AS UNCLAIMED FUNDS.THE REQUEST FOR A FOREIGNER AS NEXT-OF-KIN IS OCCASSIONED BY THE FACT THAT THE LATE DEPOSITOR WAS A FORIEGNER AND SO AN INDIGENE CANNOT STAND AS THE NEXT-OF-KIN. IN ORDER TO AVERT THIS DEVELOPMENT,SOME OF MY TRUSTED COLLEAGUES AND I NOW SEEK YOUR PERMISSION TO HAVE YOU STAND AS NEXT OF KIN TO THE LATE DEPOSITOR SO THAT THE FUND US $12.5 MILLION WILL BE RELEASED AND PAID TO YOU AS THE BENEFICIARY NEXT-OF-KIN. ALL DOCUMENTS AND PROVES TO ENABLE YOU GET THIS FUND WILL BE CAREFULLY WORKED OUT ON YOUR ACCEPTANCE TO PARTAKE IN THIS TRANSACTION. MY COLLEAGUES AND I IN MY DEPARTMENT HAVE SECURED FROM PROBATE AN ORDER OF MANDAMUS TO LOCATE ANY OF THE DECLARED BENEFICIARY (NEXT OF KIN) AND MORE SO I AM ASSURING YOU THAT THIS TRANSACTION IS 100% RISK FREE .MEANWHILE YOUR PERCENTAGE SHARE SHALL BE 40% WITH RESPECT TO THE PROVISION OF A FORIEGN ACCOUNT, 10% HAS BEEN SET ASIDE FOR ANY EXPENCES WE MIGHT INCURE WHILE THE REMAINING 50% WILL BE FOR MY COLLEAGUES AND I. AS SOON AS WE ACKNOWLEDGE RECEIPT OF YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF THIS BUSINESS PROPOSAL, I WOULD SURELY TELL YOU THE NECESSARY STEPS TO TAKE BEGINNING WITH THE TEXT OF APPLICATION WHICH YOU SHALL FILL AND FORWARD TO THE BANK FOR APPROVAL. BEST REGARDS,MR MOCTAR KABORE BILL AND EXCHANGE MANAGER,BANK OF AFRICA ANNEXOUAGADOUGOU,B.F
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