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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: adams mohammed <adams_mohammed15@hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2007 15:20:57 +0000
Subject: =?windows-1256?Q?PRIVATE_&_CONFIDENTIAL.=FE?=



FROM THE DESK OF MRS, ADAMS MOHAMMED.AUDITING AND ACCOUNTING UNIT.BANK OF AFRICA(B.O.A)OUAGADOUGOU BURKINA-FASO.

DEAR FRIEND,I AM ADAMS MOHAMMED,THE DIRECTOR IN CHARGE OF AUDITING AND ACCOUNTING SECTION OF BANK OF AFRICA(B.O.A)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. FROM MY DEPARTMENT IN THE BANK, I DISCOVERED AN ABANDONED SUM OF TWENTY FIVE MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS ($25 MILLION) THAT BELONGS TO ONE OF OUR CUSTOMER WHO DIED ALONG WITH HIS ENTIRE FAMILLIES,ON 25TH JULY,2000 CONCORDE PLANE CRASH[FLIGHT AF4590 ] WITH THE WHOLE PASSENGERS ABOARD.THE NAME OF THE DECEASED MAN WAS (MR. ANDREAS SCHRANNER FROM MUNICH,GERMANY). N.B.IN OTHER FOR YOU TO BELIEVE ME HONESTLY,GO THROUGH THIS (WEBSITE)BEFORE YOU START WITH ME.BELOW IS THE WEBSITE. (HTTP://NEWS.BBC.CO.UK/1/HI/WORLD/EUROPE/859479.STM) 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 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 $25 MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS WILL BE REMITTED FROM TO YOUR OWN DESIGNATION BANK ACCOUNT. I DONT WANT THIS MONEY TO GO INTO THE BANK TREASURY AS UNCLAIMED BILL,BESIDES OUR BANKING LAW AND GUIDELINE HERE STIPULATES THAT IF SUCH MONEY REMAINED UNCLAIMED AFTER FIVE YEARS, THE MONEY WILL BE TRANSFERRED INTO THE BANK TREASURY AS UNCLAIMED FUND. THE REQUEST OF FOREIGNER AS NEXT OF KIN IN THIS BUSINESS IS OCCASIONED BY THE FACT THAT THE CUSTOMER WAS A FOREIGNER AND A BURKINABE CANNOT STAND AS NEXT OF KIN TO A FOREIGNER.I !
WILL NOT FAIL TO INFORM YOU THAT THIS TRANSACTION IS 100% RISK FREE. O
N 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 AND ALSO TELEPHONE BILLS,WHILE 60% WILL BE FOR ME. PLEASE, YOU HAVE BEEN ADVICED TO KEEP "TOP SECRET" AS I AM STILL IN SERVICE AND INTEND TO RETIRE FROM SERVICE AFTER I CONCLUDE THIS DEAL WITH YOU. I WILL BE MONITORING THE WHOLE SITUATION HERE IN THIS 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 COUNTRY YOU ADVICE US TO INVEST IN. ALL OTHER NECESSARY VITAL INFORMATION WILL BE SENT TO YOU WHEN I HEAR FROM YOU AND I LOOK FORWARD TO RECEIVE YOUR EMAIL OR YOU CALL ME FOR MORE DISCUSSION. YOURS FAITHFULLY,MRS ADAMS MOHAMMED.(B.O.A) OUAGADOUGOUBURKINA-FASO.
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