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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 yakubu <ali_yakubu116@hotmail.fr>
Reply-To: <ali_yakubu9@yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2007 22:50:34 +0000
Subject: FROM: DR .ALI YAKUBU



FROM: DR .ALI YAKUBU.BILL AND EXCHANGE DEPARTMENT,BANK OF AFRICA(B.O.A),Dear friend,
I know that this letter may come to you as a suprise. I got your contact address from the Internet when I was searching for a business partner.My name is DR .ALI YAKUBU. I am the Bill and Exchange Manager of bank of africa (B.O.A) ,Ouagadouguo In my department we discovered an abandoned sum of

USD$25. Million (TWENTY FIVE MILLION U.S DOLLARS). In an account that belongs to one of our foreign customer who died along with his wife and children in a plane crash in a year 2000 plane crash happened in america .Since we got information about his death, the bank have been expecting his next of kin to come over and claim his money because we cannot release it unless somebody applies for it as the next of kin or relation to the deceased, as indicated in our banking guidelines but unfortunately we learnt that all his supposed next of kin or relation died alongside with him in the plane crash leaving nobody behind for the claim.It is therefore upon this discovery that I decided to make this business proposals 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 because I don't want the money to go into the bank treasury as unclaimed Bill.
The request of foreigner in this transaction is necessary because our late customer was a foreigner and a Burkinabe cannot stand as next of kin to a foreigner. I have agreed that 30% of this money will be for you as foreigner partner in respect to the provision of a foreign account.10% will be set aside for expenses incurred during the business and 60% would be for me, after which I shall visit your country for disbursement according to the percentages indicated.This is my email address:ali_yakubu8@yahoo.com Trusting to hear from you immediately.Yours Sincerely,DR .ALI YAKUBU.


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