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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: james noah <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2007 23:52:05 +0100
Subject: Good Day,

MR JAMES NOAH,AUDIT AND ACCOUNTS UNIT,AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK ,COTONU,REPUBLIC OF BENINWEST AFRICAMY NUMBER IS 00229-97598772 Good Day, With due respect,I am mr.JAMES NOAH,the director in charge of audit and accounts unit,foreign remittance dept. of the AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK ADB),COTONOU,REPUBLIC OF BENIN IN WEST AFRICA. I decided to contact you for a beneficial and risk-free business transaction. During our auditing and investigations in this bank,my department came across the sum of FIFTEEN MILLION,FIVE HUNDRED AND TWENTY THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS (US$15,520,000.00)only belonging to an international business man who died along with his family on the 31st October 1999 in a plane crash,in an Egyptian airline(Egypt - Air- 990) with other passengers on board.You can confirm this from the website below which was published by CNN.http:(// Before our discovery of this development,there was no trace of claim from any person as the fund remains dormant in his account with this bank.Although I keep this information secret whitin my jurisdiction to enable us put claims and transfer the said amount through a trustworthy friend overseas whom we shall indirectly present to the bank as the bonafide next-of-kin to the deceased for a profitable and successful transaction - Because after six years the money will be called back to the bank's treasury account as unclaimed bills and the money shared amongst the directors of the bank. So it is on thisnote i decided to seek for whom his name shall be used as the next of kin/beneficiary to this funds rather than allow the bank directors to share this money amongst them at the end of the year. Meanwhile, all the arrangments to put claims as the bonafide next-of-kin to the deceased,to get the required approval and transfer of this money to a foreign account has been put in place. The directives and the needed information will be relayed to you as soon as you indicate your intrest and willingness.Infact, we could have done this alone but because as civil servants we are not legally allowed to operate foreign account and it would eventually raise an eyebrow on our side during the time of transfer because we are staff of the bank. These are the actual reasons why it requires a second-fellow who will forward claims by our indirect support as the bonafide next-of-kin.And also present a foreign bank account(Old or New account)where the money will be re-transfered into. On conclusion of this transaction, you will be entitled to 30% of the total sum as gratification, 5% of the total sum will be set aside for contingency,while 65% will be for me and my partners here. Please you have been advised to keep top secret as we are still in service and intend to retire from service after we conclude this with you.
I will be monitoring the whole situation here in this bank until you confirm the money in your account,I then come down to your country for subsequent sharing of the fund according to the percentages indicated above, and for investment with your advice . All other necessary information will be sent to you when i receive an email Pls.Yours Sincerely,JAMES NOAH
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