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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: Mr Hanif Ahmed <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 09:05:14 +0100
Subject: From:The Desk of Mr.Hanif Ahmed .

From:The Desk of Mr.Hanif Ahmed .Bill And Exchange Manager,(SBP)SPRING BANK PLC.-(SBP/CTB).Email:hanifahmed14@sify.comSTRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL AND PRIVATE.

Dear Friend,

Compliments of the day. I deceided to contact you after I received your informations on the net,in search of a partner for this business.Hence I confide in you.

I am Hanif Ahmed ,from (SPRING BANK PLC.).During the course of our auditing we discovered the sum of US$15,500,000.00(Fiffteen Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars) floating in an account opened in this Bank since 1999 and as from 2003 nobody has operated on this account again, and after going through some old files in the records I discovered that the owner of the account died without a [HEIR]Dec.26th 2003 by plane crash, hence the money is floating.

After due verification I noticed that no other person knows about this account except his wife who was also invovled in the crash, and the account has no other beneficiary and my investigation proved to me as well that until his death,Since our bank,(SPRING BANK PLC.).Benin informations about his death.

We have been expecting his next of kin to come forward and claim his money because we cannot release it unless somebody applies for it as next of kin or relation to the deceased as indicated in our banking guidelines and policies but up to date nobody came up to this bank as his next of kin or relative.

It is therefore upon this discovery that I in my department now decided to make this businness proposal to you and release the money to you as the next of kin or elation to the deceased for safety and subsequent disbursement since nobody is coming forth and we don't want this money to go into the Bank treasury as unclaimed Bill.

On this note, I decided to seek for whom his name shall be used as the next of kin as no one has come up as his relation. And the country law here does not allow such money to stay more than 4 years, for the money will be recalled to the government treasury as unclaimed after this period.Upon the receipt of your response, I will send to you the application form,banks contact and the next step to take.

I will not fail to bring to your notice that this business is hitch free and that you should not entertain any fear as all modalities for fund transfer can be finalized within fourteen banking days, after you apply to the bank as a relation to the deceased.

It has been resolved that 35% will be for you while 5% has been maped out to defray any expences that might be incured during the process of the ransaction.

Then 60% will be for me which shall be release after the funds must have been remitted into your bank account. When you receive this letter, kindly send me an e-mail signifying your decision.Including your private Tel/Fax numbers for quick communication.I will be very happy if you can treat this business with the utmost secrecy it demands because of my position in this bank. For confidentiality reasons.

Hoping for a very successful business relationship with you.
Pls Reply Me At My Private Email( )

Best Regards,Mr.Hanif Ahmed
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