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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: nikeama Yameogo <nikeama095@hotmail.fr>
Reply-To: <Nikeama001@yahoo.fr>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 09:09:22 +0000
Subject: I AM WAITING FOR YOUR URGENT RESPONS.



FROM: Mr Nikeama Yameogo.Auditor General,Bank of Africa.Burkina Faso ,West Africa Region. Dear Friend , COMPLIMENT OF THE SEASON,Good day and how are you doing with your family? Hope fine. Please let this message do not be a surprise to you because i got your contact information and lay all the trust in you before i decided to disclose this confidential and successful transaction to you.I am the Accountant General and later become the Auditor General of the above mentioned financial institution in my country.I decided to contact you over this financial transaction worth the sum of Nine Million United state Dollars ($9,000,000.) for our present future success.This is an abandoned fund that belongs to one of our bank foreign customers who died along with his entire family in Algeria Earthquake on 23 may 2003. Meanwhile i was very fortune to came across the deceased file when i was arranging the old and abandoned customers files of 2005-2006 in other to submit to the entire bank management for an official re-documentation. Be obviously informed that it was stated in our BANKING POLICY and signed lawfully that if such fund remains unclaimed till the period of FOUR (4) years started counting from the date when the beneficiary died, the money will be transferred into the BANK TREASURY as an unclaimed fund. Besides,it is not authorized by the law guiding our bank for a citizen of Burkina Faso to make the claim of the fund.Request of you as a foreigner is necessary to apply for the claim and transfer of the fund smoothly into your reliable bank account as the Extended Relation and the Next of Kin to the deceased.And i have made inquiries about this deceased customer,and i have enough information for the success all i need is your co-operation and trust,i will guild you on how to go about it.Thanks, I expect your urgent communication,and let me know your mind. Please,if interested,get to me immediately so as to detailed you about the formalities involved in achieving success over this abandoned sum in our bank.My best regards to you and your family, Reply Fast .Mr Nikeama .
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