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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: buhari zongo <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 07:51:30 +0000

CONFIDENTIAL PROPOSAL FROMDR. buhari zongo: THE CHIEF AUDITOR INCHARGE,AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK (ADB).OUAGADOUGOU BURKINA FASO .WEST AFRICA. Dear Friend, How are you doing? Fine, right? It might surprise you how come about this mail, I extracted your contact from the international directory. The essence of this mail is a business proposal I wish to discuss with a reliable person outside my country for security reasons. Before I delve into the business, it is pertinent for you to know who is writing to you. My names are Dr. buhari zongo, one Chief Auditor in charge of foreign remittance unit in AfricanDevelopment Bank Ouagadoudou Burkina-Faso. It might interest you to know that there is a dormant account discovered in my bank that contains about nineteen million, three hundred thousand U.S. dollars (19.300.000.00). This account has been dormant for past sixteen years without the knowledge of the bank’s management. I was privilege to discover it base on the fact that I am in charge of foreign remittance as the Chief Auditor. The account holder is late. Investigation showed the data of the account holder in details. His name is Morgan figo. A Brazilian Goldsmith and oil Merchandise. He was married and divorced after seven years of marriage. He had a daughter. He died in a ghastly autocrash on his way from a recreation park in Burkina-Faso in 1991. The next of kin of the man, was his only daughter who was also a victim of the accident. So, I am now looking for someone that can pose as the next of kin to thedeceased’s either as their brother or sister that bear the same surname with the deceased’s. The person must be a foreigner but can claim origin from Brazil . All the necessary documents that legitimate the claims and transfer this money would be carefully taken care of by me as the Chief Auditor incharge of foreign remittance in one bank. I only need a foreigner to indicate interest and I will complete the transfer requirements. At the completion of this transfer, five percent of the total sum will be reducted from it which would be used to take of all the expenditures incurred during the transfer of the money the remaining would be shared based on the agreed percentage as negotiated by both of us. If it interests you to be part of this business, you send all the vital data that would authenticate your claims as next of kin to the deceaseds. All correspondence should be directed into this e-mail box. My direct line is++226 70 43 79 06. Please for security reasons, don’t discuss this business idea with anybody at all. I assure you a trouble free business transaction. Thanks for your anticipate co-operation. Yours faithfully, Dr. buhari zongo
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