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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: luxieux borget <luxieu10@yahoo.fr>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 11:54:55 +0100 (CET)
Subject: YOUR ATTENTION


FROM MY DESK,MR BORGET LUXIEUX
BANK OF AFRICA(BOA).
ABIDJAN IVORY CAOST.
WEST AFRICA.

TRANSFER OF ($ 18,500.000.00) EIGHTEEN MILLION, FIVE HUNDRED
THOUSAND DOLLARS.

I AM MR BORGET LUXIEUX , THE AUDITOR GENERAL OF BANK OF ARFICA ABIDJAN IVORY COAST. DURING THE COURSE OF OUR AUDITING, I DISCOVERED A FLOATING FUND IN AN ACCOUNT OPENED IN THE BANK BY MR EDWARD RIAD AND AFTER GOING THROUGH SOME OLD FILES IN THE RECORDS I DISCOVERED THAT THE OWNER OF THE ACCOUNT DIED IN THE (BEIRUT-BOUND CHARTER JET) PLANE CRASH ON THE 25TH DECEMBER 2003 IN COTONOU (REPUBLIC OF BENIN).

HERE IS THE (http://www.cnn.com/2003/WORLD/africa/12/26/benin.crash ).

AND NOBODY HAS OPERATED ON THIS ACCOUNT AGAIN,THE OWNER OF THIS ACCOUNT IS MR EDWARD RIAD A FOREIGNER FROM LEBANON, AND ALSO A TRADER WHOM TRADE ON GOLD AND MINING, HE DIED, SINCE 2003 AND NO OTHER PERSON KNOWS ABOUT THIS ACCOUNT OR ANYTHING CONCERNING IT, THE ACCOUNT HAS NO OTHER BENEFICIARY AND MY INVESTIGATION PROVED TO ME AS WELL THAT MR EDWARD RIAD DIED ALONG WITH HIS ENTIRE FAMILY.

THE AMOUNT INVOLVED IS ($ 18,500.000.00) EIGHTEEN MILLION, FIVE HUNDRED
THOUSAND DOLLARS.ONLY, I AM CONTACTING YOU AS A CONTERPART FOREIGNER NOT IN BURKINA FASO HERE,I BELIEVE YOU WILL ASSIT THIS TRANSACTION, BECAUSE THIS MONEY CAN NOT BE APPROVED TO A LOCAL PERSON HERE BURKINA FASO, BUT THE FUND CAN ONLY BE APPROVED TO ANY LEGITMATE FOREIGN NEXT OF KIN WITH VALID INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT OR DRIVERS LICENSE AND FOREIGN ACCOUNT, BECAUSE THE MONEY IS IN UNITED STATE DOLLARS AND THE FORMER OWNER OF THE ACCOUNT MR EDWARD RIAD IS A FOREIGNER FROM LEBANON TOO, AND THIS MONEY CAN ONLY BE APPROVED INTO A FOREIGN ACCOUNT, HAS THE BASIC STATUS OF THE DEPOSITED FUND.

MY DEAR FRIEND, PLEASE I WILL NEED YOUR ASSISTANCE TO GET THIS MONEY OUT OF OUR BANK POSSESION BEFORE THE TIME IT REACHES DEMORRAGE AND IT GET CONFISTICATED BY OUR BANK .
I NEED URGENT SUPPORT AND YOUR STRONG ASSURANCE THAT YOU WILL ASSIST AND NEVER,EVER CHEAT ME AS SOON AS THIS FUND REMMITS INTO YOUR ACCOUNT.

WITH MY INFLUENCE AND MY POSITION IN THE BANK AS THE AUDITOR GENERAL, OF BANK OF AFRICA ABIDJAN IVORY COAST.

WITHIN THE RULE OF THE BANKING FORMALITY, I ASSURE YOU THAT OUR A.D.B.BANK WILL TRANSFER THIS MONEY TO ANY FOREIGN OR ANY FOREIGNER'S RELIABLE ACCOUNT WHICH MUST BE PROVIDED AND PROVED.
WHICH I WOULD LIKE YOU TO PROVIDE FOR THE FINAL REMMITTANCE FURNISHMENT OF THE MONEY TRANSFER OUT OF OUR BANK INTO YOUR NOMINATED ACCOUNT.

AFTER THE COMPLEMENT VERIFICATION BY THE B.O.A BANK , WHICH I MYSELF HAS BEEN GOING THROUGH EVER BEFORE I HAVE TO CONTACT YOU,HAS REACHED CONCLUSION,THE TRANSFER OF ($ 18,500.000.00) EIGHTEEN MILLION, FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS.WILL BE REMMITTED INTO YOUR NOMINATED ACCOUNT IN YOUR COUNTRY WHICH AFTER I WILL JOIN YOU IN YOUR COUNTRY.

I WILL PROVIDE ALL DOCUMENTS OF THE BANK OFFICIAL(S) AND OF THE TRANSACTION IMMEDIATELY FOR YOU TO RECEIVE THIS FUND AND LEAVING NO TRACE TO ANYONE, PLACE OR WHATSOEVER AND FOR YOU TO BUILD A RELIABLE CONFIDENCE IN THIS TRANSACTION.

I WANT YOU TO ASSURE ME, THAT THIS MONEY WILL BE INTACT, PENDING MY PHYSICAL ARRIVAL IN YOUR COUNTRY FOR THE FUND SHARING.

ON THE CONCLUSION OF THIS TRANSACTION AS A PARTNER IN BUSINESS YOU WILL BE ENTITLED TO 30% OF THE TOTAL SUM AS GRATIFICATION, WHILE 10% WILL BE SET ASIDE TO TAKE CARE OF THE EXPENSES THAT WILL ARISE DURING THE TIME OF VERIFICATION AND TRANSFER AND ALSO TELEPHONE BILLS, WHILE 60% WILL BE FOR ME.

THE MOST IMPORTANT INDICATION MY BELOVED FRIEND,I WOULD PLEAD THAT YOU MAKE THIS BUISNESS THE UPMOST SECRET,BECAUSE MY JOB IS AT STAKE IF I SHOULD BE DETECTED WITHIN THE BANK PREMISES THAT I AM INVOLVED,SO I WILL LIKE TO MAKE IT A SECRET AND PEACEFUL TRANSACTION.PLEASE COULD YOU ALSO ASSURE ME OF THE SECRECY.BECAUSE THIS TRANSACTION MEANS A LOT TO ME AND MY LIFE.IF YOU CAN PLEASE UNDERSTAND!

SO ON THE INDICATION OF YOUR WILLINGNESS TO ASSIST AND JOIN ME IN THIS BUSINESS TO ARCHIVE THIS GREAT OPPURTUNITY,I WOULD WANT YOU TO FORWARD TO ME YOUR :

FULL NAME: SEX: COMPANY: IF ANY FULL CONTACT ADDRESS: PHONE: CELL: FAX: CITY: STATE:ZIP CODE COUNTRY: OCCUPATION AND SO THAT ALL THE NECESSARY INFORMATION WILL BE SENT TO YOU ON THE ACCEPTANCE TO CHAMPION AND ARCHIVE THIS TRANSACTION WITH ME.

SINCERELY YOURS ,

MR BORGET LUXIEUX

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