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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: "kyelem Mamadou" <kmamadou4@latinmail.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Dec 2007 11:54:40 +0100 (CET)
Subject: Message en FRANCAIS And ENGLISH‏‏


Je m'appelle Dr. Mamadou Kyelem ,
Je suis le directeur en charge des archives =E0 la BAD/ Burkina-Faso.Da=
ns mon d=E9partement, il a =E9t=E9 d=E9couvert une importante somme d'a=
rgent qui appartenait =E0 un de nos clients qui mourut lors d'un accide=
nt d'avion en juillet 2000 avec sa famille enti=E8re ne laissant person=
ne pour r=E9clamer cette fortune qui s'=E9l=E8ve =E0 $25 Millions (USD =
am=E9ricains).Vous pouvez avoir plus d'informations de cet accident sur=
ce site Web:http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/859479.stm
=20
Depuis lors, personne ne s'est pr=E9sent=E9 pour r=E9clamer cette somme=
qui se trouve dans notre banque. Or, les r=E8glements bancaires en Afr=
ique dans mon pays stipulent que, si une telle somme reste sans revendi=
cation apr=E8s une p=E9riode de 8 ans, ceci doit =EAtre vir=E9e dans le=
compte de tr=E9sor bancaire. C'est afin d'=E9viter que ce fond profite=
au gouvernement burkinab=E9 que mon coll=E8gue et moi avons d=E9cid=E9=
de chercher un partenaire =E9tranger qui peu nous aider =E0 faire tran=
sf=E9rer cette somme dans son compte bancaire. Ceci dit, vous devrez vo=
us pr=E9senter au niveau de la banque comme h=E9ritier du d=E9funt afin=
de devenir b=E9n=E9ficiaire de ce fond.
Le choix d'un =E9tranger pour jouer ce r=F4le r=E9v=E8le du fait qu'un =
burkinab=E9 ne peut pas se pr=E9senter comme h=E9ritier(e) de notre d=E9=
funt client Nous acceptons que vous aurez les 30% du partage, mon coll=E8=
gue et moi aurons les 60% alors que 10% seront consacr=E9s aux d=E9pens=
es survenues lors du transfert.Une fois ce fond transf=E9r=E9, mon coll=
=E8gue et moi viendrons sur place chez vous en vue du partage,conform=E9=
ment aux pourcentages sus indiqu=E9s.

Ainsi vous devez me donner toutes vos coordonn=E9es, ce qui me permettr=
a de mieux vous conna=EEtre et de vous envoyer le texte d'application(d=
emande de transfert).Je vous rassure que cette affaire est =E0 100% san=
s risque et que vous ne devrez mettre en vous aucun atome de crainte. V=
euillez croire cher monsieur, l'expression de mes consid=E9rations. Veu=
illez me r=E9pondre par le email suivant : mamadoukye@yahoo.fr

Salutations distingu=E9es.
Merci.
Dr. Mamadou Kyelem
......................................................................=
.................................

=20
I Am Dr. Mamadou Kyelem,
The Manager in charge of File department foreign remittance department =
of AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK (ADB) Ouagadougou-Burkina Faso in West Afri=
ca, with due respect and regards, I have decided to contact you on a bu=
siness transaction that will be very beneficial to both of us at the en=
d of the transaction.

During my investigation and auditing in the bank, In my department I ca=
me Across a very huge sum of money belonging to a deceased person, a fo=
reigner who died in a plane crash incident, you can also confirm this i=
n the website as follow: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/859479=
stm
The fund has been dormant in his account with the bank without any clai=
m of the fund in our custody either from his family or relation before =
our discovery to this development. Although personally, I kept this inf=
ormation secret within myself to enable the whole plans and idea be pro=
fitable and successful during the time of execution, the amount involve=
d is USD$25.000,000. (Twenty five million US dollars.)=20
=20
Meanwhile the whole arrangement and directives needed to put claim over=
this fund as the confide next of kin to the deceased, will be forward =
to you upon your acceptance information will be relayed to you as soon =
as you indicate your interest and willingness to assist us and also ben=
efit your self to this great business opportunity.=20
In fact I could have done this deal alone but because of my position in=
this country as a civil servant, we are not allowed to operate a forei=
gn account and would eventually raise an eye brow on my side during the=
time of transfer because I work in this bank. This is the actual reaso=
n why it will require a second party or fellow who will forward claims =
as the next of kin to the bank and also present a foreign account where=
he will need the money to be re-transferred into on his request as it =
may be, after due verification and clarification to designated bank acc=
ount.

I will not fail to inform you that this transaction is 100% risk free, =
On smooth conclusion of this transaction, you will be entitled to 30% o=
f the total sum as gratification, while 70% will be for me Please, you =
have been advised to keep top secret as we are still in service and int=
end to retire from service after we conclude this deal with you.=20
I will be monitoring the whole situation here in the bank until youconf=
irm the money in your account and ask us to come down to your country f=
or subsequent sharing of the fund according to percentages previously i=
ndicated and further investment, either in your country or any other co=
untry you may advice us to invest in. All other necessary information w=
ill be sent to you when I hear from you. I suggest you get back to me a=
s soon as possible stating your wish in this deal. This is my alternati=
ve email address: mamadoukye@yahoo.fr

Best Regards.
Dr. Mamadou Kyelem


Un 2007 de Ins=F3lito, Deporte, Cine o Belleza... =A1Feliz Navidad! htt=
p://pan.starmedia.com/especiales/navidad07/portada/index.html

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