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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: Dr Ali Ibrahim <aliibrahim_dr43@hotmail.com>
Reply-To: <aliibrahim_dr2@myway.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 02:36:26 +0000
Subject: With Due Respect.







FROM THE DESK OF DR ALI IBRAHIMBILL AND EXCHANGE MANAGER, BANQUE COMMERCIAL DU BURKINA-FASO OUAGADOUGOU, BURKINA FASO. Dear Friend I am the manager of bill and exchange at the foreign remittance department of banque commercial du burkina(B.C.B) here in Ouagadougou,Burkina Faso. In my department we discovered an abandoned sum of US$12.5m dollars in an account belonging to one of our foreign customer.Who died alongside with his entire family on Monday, 31 July, 2000 in a plane crash in paris.Please visit this site that is one of the evidence the directors brought in other to swallow the money at the end of the day, http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/859479.stm" Since we got information about his death, we have been expecting his next of kin to come over and claim his money because we cannot release it unless some body applies for it as next of kin or relation to the deceased as indicated in our banking guidlings and laws but unfortunately we learnt that all his supposed next of kin or relation died alongside with him at the plane crash leaving nobody behind for the claim. It is therefore upon this discovery that I and my colleagues decided to make this business proposal to you and release the money to you as the 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 bill.The banking law and guidline here stipulates that if such money remained unclaimed after five years, the money will be transfered into the bank treasury as unclaimed fund. The request of foreigner as next of kin in this business is occassioned by the fact that the customer was a foreigner and a Burkinabe cannot stand as next of kin to a foreigner. we agree that 30% of this money will be for you as a respect to the provision of a foriegn account ,10% will be set aside for expenses incurred during the business and 60% would be for me and my colleagues. Thereafter, we will visit your country for disbursement according to the percentage indicated Therefore, to enable the immediate transfer of this fund to your desiggnited bank account ,you must apply first to the bank as a relation or next of kin of the deceased with a text of application that we will send to you,so we will like you to send to us your private telephone and fax number for easy and effective communication and location where in the money will be remitted. Upon receipt of your reply, we will send to you by fax or email the text of the application . we will not fail to bring to your notice that this transaction is hitch-free and that you should not entertain any atom of fear as all required arrangements have been made for the transfer. You should contact us immediately as soon as you receive this letter. Trusting to hear from you immediately. Dr Ali Ibrahim.Bill and exchange manager, BANQUE COMMERCIAL DU BURKINA(B.C.B)

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