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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: jake matt <jake_matt00@yahoo.fr>
Reply-To: jakematt0@yahoo.fr
Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2007 21:43:18 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: FROM THE DESK OF MR JAKE MATT


FROM THE DESK OF MR JAKE MATT
AUDITING AND ACCOUNTING UNIT.
BANK OF AFRICA (IVOIRE COSTE).
ABIDJAN COTE D' IVOIRE.
{WEST AFRICA}

ATTENTION REQUIRED: DEAR FRIEND,

I AM MR JAKE MATT, THE DIRECTOR IN CHARGE OF AUDITING AND ACCOUNTING
SECTION IN BANK OF AFRICA ABIDJAN COTE D' IVOIRE IN WEST AFRICA WITH
DUE
RESPECT AND REGARDS I HAVE DECIDED TO CONTACT YOU ON THIS BUSINESS
TRANSACTION THAT WILL BE VERY BENEFICIAL TO BOTH OF US AT THE END OF
THE
TRANSACTION.

DURING MY INVESTIGATION AND AUDITING IN THE BANK, MY DEPARTMENT CAME
ACROSS
A VERY HUGE SUM OF MONEY BELONGING TO A DECEASED CUSTOMER, A FOREIGNER
WHO
DIED ON NOVEMBER 11, 2002 IN PLANE CRASH AND, THE FUND HAS BEEN DORMANT
IN
HIS ACCOUNT WITH THE BANK WITHOUT ANY CLAIM OF THE FUND IN OUR CUSTODY
EITHER FROM HIS FAMILY OR RELATION BEFORE MY DISCOVERY TO THIS
DEVELOPMENT.
ACTUALLY, THE LATE CUSTOMER WAS A BIG MERCHANT WHO TRADES ON GOLD,
DIAMOND,
ELEPHANT TUSKS AND COCOA FROM AFRICA TO ASIA AND EUROPE AND THIS
MONEY
HE DEPOSITES IN OUR BANK TO PAY FOR HIS PURCHASES.

ALTHOUGH PERSONALLY, I KEPT THIS INFORMATION SECRET WITHIN MYSELF TO
ENABLE
THE WHOLE PLANS AND IDEA BE PROFITABLE AND DURING THE TIME OF EXECUTION
(TWO
IS SECRET). THE AMOUNT INVOLVED IS $14 MILLION USD (FOURTEEN MILLION
UNITED
STATES DOLLARS).MEANWHILE ALL THE WHOLE ARRANGEMENT AND DIRECTIVES
NEEDED TO
PUT CLAIM OVER THIS FUND AS THE BONAFIDE NEXT OF KIN TO THE DECEASED,
WILL
BE FORWARD TO YOU UPON YOUR ACCEPTANCE. INFORMATION WILL BE RELAYED TO
YOU
AS SOON AS YOU INDICATE YOUR INTEREST AND WILLINGNESS TO ASSIST ME AND
ALSO
BENEFIT YOUR SELF TO THIS GREAT BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY.

IN FACT I COULD HAVE DONE THIS DEAL ALONE BUT BECAUSE OF MYPOSITION IN
THIS
COUNTRY AS A CIVIL SERVANT,WE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO OPERATE A FORIEGN
ACCOUNT AND WOULD EVENTUALLY RAISE EYE BROW ON MY SIDE DURING THE TIME
OF
TRANSFER BECAUSE I WORK IN THIS BANK. THIS IS THE ACTUAL REASON WHY IT
WILL
REQUIRE A SECOND PARTY OR FELLOW FROM A FOREIGN NATION WHO WILL FORWARD
CLAIMS AS THE NEXT OF KIN WITH AFFIDAVIT OF TRUST OF OATH TO THE BANK
AND
ALSO PRESENT A FORIEGN ACCOUNT WHERE HE WILL NEED THE MONEY TO BE
RETRANSFERED INTO ON HIS REQUEST AS IT MAY BE, AFTER DUE VERIFICATION
AND
CLARIFICATION TO DESIGNATED BANK ACCOUNT.

I WILL NOT FAIL TO INFORM YOU THAT THIS TRANSACTION IS 100% RISK FREE.
ON
SMOOTH CONCLUSION OF THIS TRANSACTION, YOU WILL BE ENTITLED TO 30% OF
THE
TOTAL SUM AS GRATIFICATION, WHILE 10% WILL BE SET ASIDE TO TAKE CARE OF
EXPENSES THAT MAY ARISE DURING THE TIME OF TRANSFER SUCH AS TELEPHONE
BILLS
ETC, WHILE 60% WILL BE FOR ME.

PLEASE,YOU HAVE BEEN ADVISED TO KEEPTOP SECRET AS I AM STILL IN SERVICE
AND
INTEND TO RETIRE FROM SERVICE AFTER I HAVE CONCLUDED THIS DEAL WITH
YOU.

I WILL BE MONITORING THE WHOLE SITUATION HERE IN THE BANK UNTIL YOU
CONFIRM
THE MONEY IN YOUR ACCOUNT AND ASK ME TO COME DOWN TO YOUR COUNTRY FOR
SUBSEQUENT SHARING OF THE FUND ACCORDING TO PERCENTAGES PREVIOUSLY
INDICATED
AND FURTHER INVESTMENT, EITHER IN YOUR COUNTRY OR ANY OTHER COUNTRY YOU
MAY
ADVISE ME TO INVEST IN. ALL OTHER NECESSARY INFORMATION WILL BE SENT TO
YOU
WHEN I HEAR FROM YOU. I SUGGEST YOU GET BACK TO ME AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
STATING YOUR WISH IN THIS DEAL AND ASKING ANY QUESTIONS THAT ARE NOT
CLEARED
BY YOU FOR A GOOD FOLLOW-UP.

BEST REGARDS,
MR JAKE MATT
ALTERNATIVE EMAIL:(jake_matt00@yahoo.fr)
PLEASE CONTACT ME ON THIS EMAIL ID FOR MORE PRIVACY



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