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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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Fraud email example:

From: benard sankara <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 10:48:14 +0000

FROM MR BENARD SANKARA.AUDITING AND ACCOUNTING UNIT. AFRICA DEVELOPMENT BANK (A.D.B) OUAGADOUGOU BURKINA-FASO. Dear friend this is real I am the manager auditting and accounting department african development bank.(ADB) Ouagadougou Burkina-faso in west africa.I wish to seek your partnership in business.I discovered unclaim sum of $10.5m us dollars in our bank which belonged to one of our late foreign customer who died with his entire family in Kenya plane crash on 21 July 2003. I discovered this while cross-checking the files of foreigners in my department since our federal government has announced on the need of settling all foreign bills to enable foreign investors to come into our country and as an order from african unity governed by african heads. Since I discovered the unclaim fund and about his death, I have been expecting his next of kin to come over and claim his money because our bank cannot release it unless somebody applies for it as next of kin or relation to the deceased as indicated in our banking guidelines but unfortunately I 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 now decided to make this business proposal to you as to be a partner and stand as the next of kin to claim the fund since nobody is coming for it. The banking law and guideline here stipulates that if such money remained unclamed after four 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 because the customer was not a burkinabe and a burkinabe cannot stand as next of kin to a foreigner.You will be entitled to 40 % of this money as foreign partner, since you provide an account for the claim, 5 % will be set aside for expenses incured during the business and 55 % will be for me. There after I will visit your country for disbursement accoding to the percentages indicated if agreed. Please you have been adviced to keep this transaction secret as I am still in service and intend to retire from service after I conclude this deal with you. I keep this information secret within myself to enable the whole plans and idea be profitable and successful during the time of execution.Meanwhile all the whole arrangement to put claim over this fund as the bonafide next of kin to the deceased, get the required approval and transfer this money to a foreign account has been put in place and directives and needed information will be relayed to you as soon as you indicate your interest and willingness to assist me and also benefit your self to this great business opportunity. I will be monitoring the whole situation here in this bank until you confirm the money in your account and ask me to come down to your country for subsequent sharing of the fund according to percentages previously indicated and further investment, either in your country or any country you advice us to invest in. I will not fail to bring to your notice that this transaction is 100% risk free and that you should not entertain any atom of fear as all required arrangements have been made for the transfer and the file of the fund is under my desk.All other necessary vital information will be sent to you when I hear from you. Now our questions are:1) Can you handle this project?2) Can I give you this trust? Please let get this fund transfer into your account very fast because the year is about to end.I look foward to receive your reply as soon as you receive this email. All the best to you from, Mr Benard Sankara.
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