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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: David Okundu Jr <>
Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2008 00:28:37 +0100
Subject: From; Mr. David Okundu Jr.

From; Mr. David Okundu Jr.
Bank Auditor/Financial Reporter
Contact number: +22676399543
Contact Email: []

Dear Friend,

How are you together with your family members? I think all is well. Considering the fact, I did not know you in person or even have seen you before but due to the true revelation that I should share this lucrative opportunity with you, I have no choose. So, kindly consider this message essential and relevant and believe that sooner, we will be multi millonaires.

First and formost, I have to introduce myself to you. I am the MR DAVID OKUNDU JR, FOREIGN OPERATIONS MANAGER OF OUR BANK here in my country, BURKINA FASO WEST AFRICA. I am married with four children.

I want you to assist me in other to transfer the sum of Twenty One Million United States Currency ($21,000,000.00) into your reliable account as the Next of Kin or Foreign Business partner to the original beneficiary of the fund. The beneficiary was a foreigner and a company holder who died in a plane crash with his family years ago, he deposited the fund in our bank for his business expansion in Africa unfortunately he met this sudden death and the worst thing thing that happened was the wife who suupose to be the next of kin or successor of the account died alongside with him.

So, since the deceased left no body behind to make the claim as a foreign, you are in good position for that, and no body will come for the claim after you have apply.

If you are ready to assist, set up new bank account or forward to me any one avialable so that we will commence the process.

I will guide you on how you should apply for the claim so that everything will be smooth and correct. After the transfer, i will resign and come over to your country for the sharing of the fund 50/50 base on the fact that it is two man business.

Further information will be given to you as soon as I receive your reply.


Mr. David Okundu Jr.

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