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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: emma bambara <>
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2007 11:59:43 +0000
Subject: From. Emma BAMBARA, Director Private Accounts Department (SGBB)

From. Emma BAMBARA, Director Private Accounts Department, Societe Generale Bank Burkina (SGBB) Ouagadougou Burkina faso. Bank Dear Friend, I am Emma BAMBARA, the director private accounts department (SGBB) and i know that this letter will meet your person in surprice but i want you to bear with me because it is as the urgency warrants.Here in my Department i discovered a case of an dormant sum of ($4.200.000 U.S) FOUR MILLION TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND US DOLLARS). In an account an that belongs to one Of our foreign customer from UNITED STATES OF AMERICA who died along with his entire family in November 2004 in a plane crash.Since we got information about his death, we have been expecting his relative to come for the claim because the man died with his only son who is the next of kin and unfortunately nobody have come for the claim because it happens to be that none of his family members knows about the fund.This is because the deceased was residing permanently here in my country Burkina Faso with his family that died alongside with him while going to his home country through Paris.

The Banking law and guideline here stipulates that if such money lingers dormant and unclaimed for long time, the funds will be transferred Into the Bank treasury as unclaimed fund. The request of a foreigner as the Next of kin in this business is occasioned by the fact that the deceased customer was a foreigner and a Burkinabe cannot stand as the next of kin.Dear this is suppose to take us only few days to conclude for I have put everything in place before contacting you and there is no risk. I want to hearing from you so that I can give you a drafted application of claim with the informations of the deceased and it’s account.I have agreed to share with you 60%/40% of the total fund and I don’t want to experience any atom of disappointment as the funds hits your account.

Thanks Yours sincerely Emma BAMBARA
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