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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: ibrahim musa<ibrahimmusa1@freenet.de>
Date: Sat, 23 Feb 2008 04:40:06 +0100
Subject: URGENT REPLY


First Inland Bank Plc
Mainland Nasco building,
29 Burma Road, Apapa,

Lagos - NIGERIA.
phone:- +23414370774
Dear Sir/Madam

I Am
Mr.Ibrahim Musa in charge of bills and foreign
exchange remittance
Department of First inland Bank
Plc.

I am writing you this letter to
ask for your support
and co-operation to carry out this
business
opportunity in my department.

We discovered an unclaimed sum
of $10 Million (ten
million dollars) in an account belonging to one of
our
customer, who died in a plane crash with the entire
family in year
2003.

Since we got information about his death we have been
expecting
his next of kin to come over and claim his
money.
Unfortunately, neither
the family nor the relation has
appeared to claim this money. We cannot
release this
moneyunless somebody applies as the next of kin or
relation
to the deceased.

Our banking guidelines indicated that if such
money
remained unclaimed for a period of four (4) years, it
would be
transferred into the First inland Bank
Treasury as unclaimed fund.


Another officer and I in the department now decided to
transfer this
money into your account as the next of
kin or relation of the deceased
for easy collection
since nobody is coming for it and we don¢t want
this
money to go back into the bank treasury as an
unclaimed
fund.
Infact it is my friend that advised me to urgently
arrange to
transfer out this money through another
foreign beneficiary outside the
country.
Upon your acceptance to this proposal, we have also
agreed on a
sharing Ration:

1.40% for you as the account owner
2.60% for I and my
colleagues.

Furthermore we shall be coming over to your country
when
themoney is finally in your account and we shall
be relying on your
advise as regards, to investment of
our share, be informed that this
transaction is
genuine and 100% risk free considering the top level
bank
officials involved.

As you know that I enjoy good office here with
the
bank and I will use my personality to make the
official application
on your behalf for approval of
this money into your nominated account
thereby having
the bank transfer this money into your bank account.
I
will advice that you furnish me with the necessary
details for me to
make the official application of
claim on your behalf as the next of kin
and
beneficiary of this money with out wasting time.
Here are the
details I will need to make the
application.
(1)Your Full Name.
(2)Your
Contact Address.
(3Your phone & Fax Number for effective
communication.
(4)Age, & Occupation.

This is to effect the
swifttransfer of this fund into
your account in less than (7) working
days.

Waiting for your urgent response.
Regards.
Mr. Ibrahim
Musa
reply to my email box with this
:[ibrahimmusa_3@myway.com]



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