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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: "Ali James" <jamesali-0035@hotmail.com>
Reply-To: jamesali701@yahoo.fr
Date: Sat, 29 Sep 2007 10:33:55 +0000
Subject: Business Proposal

FROM JAMES ALI
AUDITING AND ACCOUNTING UNIT.
FOREIGN OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT.
AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK,
OUAGADOUGOU BURKINA-FASO.
Dear,
(CONFIDENTIAL)
I am JAMES ALI , the director in charge of auditing and accounting section
of AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK OUAGADOUGOU BURKINA-FASO in West Africa with due
respect and regard. I have decided to contact you on a business transaction
that will be very beneficial to both of us at the end of the transaction .
During our investigation and auditing in this bank, my department came
across a very huge sum of money belonging to a deceased person who died on
October 31st 2002 in a plane crash and the fund has been dormant in his
account with this Bank without any claim of the fund in our custody either
from his family or relation before our discovery to this development.
Although personally, I keep this information secret within myself to enable
the whole plans and idea be Profitable and successful during the time of
execution. The said amount was $7.7M (SEVEN MILLION SEVENHUNDRED THOUSAND
US DOLLARS. )
Meanwhile all the whole arrangement to put claim over this fund as the
bonafide next of kin to the deceased, get the required approval and transfer
this money to a foreign account has been put in place and directives and
needed information will be relayed to you as soon as you indicate your
interest and willingness to assist us and also benefit your self to this
great business opportunity.
In fact I could have done this deal alone but because of my position in this
country as a civil servant(A Banker),we are not allowed to operate a foreign
account and would eventually raise an 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 who will forward claims as the next of kin
with affidavit of trust of oath to the Bank and also present a foreign
account where he will need the money to be re-transferred into on his
request as it may be after due verification and clarification by the
correspondent branch of the bank where the whole money will be remitted from
to your own designation 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 5% will be set aside to take care of
expenses that may arise during the time of transfer and also telephone
bills, while 65% will be for me and my partner. Please, you have been
adviced to keep "top secret" as I am still in service and intend to retire
from service after we conclude this deal with you.
I suggest you get back to me as soon as possible stating your wish in this
deal.
Yours faithfully,
MR JAMES ALI

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