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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: mrahmed hassan <mrahmed_hassan3232@hotmail.fr>
Reply-To: <mr_ahmed2007@myway.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 12:05:59 +0000
Subject: CALL ME




From The Desk Of .MR AHMED.
Bill And Exchange Manager.BANK OF AFRICA Bank B.O.A.Ouagadougou Burkina-Faso.West Africa.This is my private
Number....00226 78 84 21 34.PLANE CRASH WEB SITE http://www.cnn.com/2003/WORLD/africa/12/26/benin.crash/index.html ( "REMITTANCE OF $22.5 TWENTY TWO MILLION AND FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS U.S.A CONFIDENTIAL IS THE CASE") Compliment Of The Season,On a very good day. I am ( MR AHMED) Manager Of BILL And Exchange in bank of africa (BOA).I got your contact from a Yahoo google Search.When i was searching for a foreign partner i assured of your capability and reliability to champion this businees opportunity when i prayed to God or Allah about you.In my department we discovered an abandoned sum of $ 22.5 million U.S.A dollars ( TWENTY TWO MILLION AND FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS U.S.A dollars Only) . In an account that belongs to one of our foreign customer MR SALLA KHATIF who died along with his entire family on (friday december 25TH,2003 ) in a plane crash. Since we got information about his death,

we have been expecting his next of kin to come over 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, but unfortunately we 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 and one official in my department now decided to make this businness proposal to you and release the money to you as the next of kin or relation to the deceased for safety and subsequent disbursement since nobody is coming for it and we dont want this money to go into the bank treasury as unclaimed bill.

The Banking law and guideline here stipulates that if such money remained unclamed after five 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 occasioned by the fact that the customer was a foreigner, and a Burkinabe cannot stand as next of kin to a foreigner. We agree that 30% of this money will be for you as foreign partner, in respect to the provision of a foreign account, 10 % will be set aside for expenses incured during the business and 60 % would be for me, Therefore after I and my family will visit you in your country for disbursement according to the percentages indicated.Therefore to enable the immediate trnansfer of this fund to you asarranged, you must apply first to the bank as relations or next of kin of the deceased indicating your bank name, your bank account number, your private telephone and fax number for easy and effective communication and location where the money will be remitted.Upon receipt of your reply, I will send to you by fax or email the text of the application I will not fail to bring to your notice that this transaction is hitch free and that you should not entertain any atom of fear as all required arrangements have been made for the transfer.Your Full Name...........................?

Your Sex.................................?

Your Age.................................?

Your Country.............................?

Marital Status......................?

Your Occupation..........................?

Your Personal Mobile N°...................?

Your Personal Fax N°......................?


You should contact me on my number 00226 78 84 21 34 .immediately as soonas you receive this letter.And reply me with this E.MAIL mr_ahmed2007@myway.com
immediately with those informations i need from you, for me to process the text of application for you to apply to the bank.Yours faithfully,
MR AHMED.

POST SCRITUM:You have to keep everything secret as to enable the transfer to move very smoothly in to the account you will proved to the bank.As you finished reading this letter call me immediately so that we discuss very well over this business.Please call me and inform me that you received my mail, because i don't go to net always..........................................................................................
NB/ AS YOU CAN SEE BELOW IS THE PHOTOGRAPH OF MR SALLA KHATIF AND THE BANK DIRECTOR'S DURING ONE OF HIS VISIT TO THE BANK (BOA) WHEN HE WAS ALIVE.

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