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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: sule bello <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2007 07:54:24 +0100

FROM THE DESK OF MR SULEMAN BELLO.AUDITING AND ACCOUNTING MANAGER.AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK.(ADB)OUAGADOUGOU BURKINA FASOWEST AFRICA. Attention: Sir/madam. I am Mr. Suleman Bello, the manager Audit & Accounts dept. in the African development bank (ADB). I am writing to request your assistance to transfer the sum of ( Million Two Hundred Thousand United States dollars) into your accounts. The above sum belongs to our deceased customer late Mr. John korovo from Jordan who died along with his entire family in the Benin plane crash 2003 and since then the fund has been in a suspense account. After my further investigation, I discovered that Mr John korovo died with his next of kin and according to the laws and constitution guiding this banking institution stated that after the expiration of (5) five years, if no body or person comes for the claim as the next of kin, the fund will be channel into national treasury as unclaimed fund. Because of the statics of this transaction I want you to stand as the next of kin so that our bank will accord you the recognition and have the fund transfer to your account. The total sum will be shared as follows: 60% for me, 40% for you and expenses incidental occur during the transfer will be incur by both of us. The transfer is risk free on both sides hence you are going to follow my instruction till the fund transfer to your account. More details information with the text of application form will be forwarded to you to breakdown explaining comprehensively what require of you. The transaction will take us fourteen (14) working days to accomplish. (a) Full name, country, address and photo (passport/driving license)(b) Your private telephone and fax numbers —for confidentiality and easy communication. Please reply urgentlyBest regardsMr. Suleman Bello
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