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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: adam hamed <adam_hamed504@hotmail.fr>
Reply-To: <adam_hamed02@yahoo.fr>
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2007 18:31:52 +0000
Subject: MOST URGENT



FROM THE DESK OF MR ADAM HAMEDBILL AND EXCHANGE MANAGER, BANK BICIABOUAGADOUGOU, BURKINA FASO. ATTENTION: FIRST I MUST SOLICIT FOR YOUR CONFIDENCE IN THIS TRANSACTION, THIS IS BY VIRTUE OF IT?S NATURE AS BEING UTTERLY CONFIDENTIAL. THOUGH I KNOW THAT A TRANSACTION OF THIS MAGNITUDE, WILL MAKE ANYONE APPREHENSIVE AND WORRIED BUT I AM ASSURING YOU THAT ALL WILL BE WELL AT THE END OF THE DEAL.I HAVE DECIDED TO CONTACT YOU DUE TO THE URGENCY OF THIS TRANSACTION, LET ME START BY INTRODUCING MYSELF PROPERLY TO YOU. I AM MR ADAM HAMED, THE BILL AND EXCHANGE MANAGER BANK BICIAB ANNEX HERE IN OUAGADOUGOU, BURKINA FASO.I CAME TO KNOW YOU IN MY PRIVATE SEARCH THROUGH THE INTERNET FOR A RELIABLE AND REPUTABLE PERSON TO HANDLE THIS CONFIDENTIAL TRANSACTION,WHICH INVOLVES THE TRANSFER OF HUGE SUM OF MONEY TO A FOREIGN COUNTRY REQUIRING MAXIMUM CONFIDENCE. THE PROPOSITION: A FOREIGNER WHO MET HIS DEATH IN ?KENYA AIR BUS? (A310-30) FLIGHT Ko430 THAT CRASHED IN ABIDJAN,COTE D'IVOIRE BANKED WITH US AT BANK BICIAB ANNEX HERE IN BURKINA FASO AND HAD A CLOSING BALANCE AS AT THE END OF SEPTEMBER .2000 WORTH $20 M TWENTY MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS). THE BANK NOW EXPECTS A NEXT OF KIN AS BENEFICIARY AND VALUABLE EFFORTS HAVE BEEN MADE BY BANK BICIAB TO GET IN TOUCH WITH ANY OF ABDUL SUDANA'S FAMILY OR RELATIVES BUT TO NO SUCCESS. IT IS BECAUSE OF THE PERCEIVED POSSIBILITY OF NOT BEING ABLETO LOCATE ANY OF THE LATE DEPPSITORS NEXT-OF-KIN ( HE HAD NO WIFE OR CHILDREN THAT IS KNOWN TO US).BASED UPON THIS DISCOVERY,WE HAVE DECIDED TO MAKE THIS BUSINESS PROPOSAL TO YOU AND RELEASE THE MONEY TO YOU AS NEXT-OF-KIN OR RELATION TO THE DECEASED FOR SAFETY AND SUBSEQUENT DISBURSEMENT SINCE NOBODY IS COMING FOR IT AND WE DON'T WANT THIS MONEY TO GO INTO THE BANK TREASURY AS UNCLAIMED FUNDS.THE BANKING LAWS AND GUIDELINES HERE STIPULATES THAT, IF SUCH MONEY REMAINED UNCLAIMED AFTER SEVEN YEARS, THE MONEY WILL BE TRANSFERED INTO THE BANK'S TREASURY AS UNCLAIMED FUNDS.THE REQUEST FOR A FOREIGNER AS NEXT-OF-KIN IS OCCASSIONED BY THE FACT THAT,THE LATE DEPOSITOR WAS A FORIEGNER AND SO ANINDIGENE CANNOT STAND AS THE NEXT-OF-KIN. IN ORDER TO AVERT THIS DEVELOPMENT,SOME OF MY TRUSTED COLLEAGUES AND I NOW SEEK YOUR PERMISSION TO HAVE YOU STAND AS NEXT OF KIN TO THE LATE DEPOSITOR SO THAT THE FUND, US $20 MILLION WILL BE RELEASED AND PAID TO YOU AS THE BENEFICIARY NEXT-OF-KIN. ALL DOCUMENTS AND PROVES TO ENABLE YOU GET THIS FUND WILL BE CAREFULLY WORKED OUT ON YOUR ACCEPTANCE TO PARTAKE IN THIS TRANSACTION. MY COLLEAGUES AND I IN MY DEPARTMENT HAVE SECURED FROM PROBATE AN ORDER OF MANDAMUS TO LOCATE ANY OF THE DECLARED BENEFICIARY (NEXT OF KIN) AND MORE SO I AM ASSURING YOU THAT THIS BUSINESS IS 100% RISK FREE. MEANWHILE YOUR PERCENTAGE SHARE SHALL BE 30% WITH RESPECT TO THE PROVISION OF A FORIEGN ACCOUNT, 10% HAS BEEN SET ASIDE FOR ANY EXPENCES WE MIGHT INCURE WHILE THE REMAINING 60% WILL BE FOR MY COLLEAGUES AND I. AS SOON AS WE ACKNOWLEDGE RECEIPT OF YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF THIS BUSINESS PROPOSAL, I WOULD FURNISH YOU WITH THE NECESSARY STEPS TO TAKE BEGINNING WITH THE TEXT OF APPLICATION WHICH YOU SHALL FORWARD TO THE BANK FOR SCRUTINY AND APPROVAL. PLEASE IF THIS IS ACCEPTABLE BY YOU, DO NOT MAKE UNDUE OF THE TRUST I HAVE BESTOWED IN YOU. BEST REGARDS, MR ADAM HAMEDBILL AND EXCHANGE MANAGER, BANK BICIAB OUAGADOUGOU,B.F
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