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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: "zimba amadu" <>
Date: Fri, 30 May 2008 11:16:25 +0200

*Dear Good Friend,

How are you together with your family members?, I think all is well.
Despite the fact that I did not know you in person or have i seen you
before but due to the reliable revelation,I decided to share this lucrative
opportunity with you, I have no other choice, so kindly consider this
message as vital, believing that sooner or later we will be
multimillonaires, First and formost, I have to introduce myself to you. I AM
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 to our Foreign Business partner , the original owner of the
fund. He was a foreigner and a multi 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 and untimely
death and the worst thing that happened was the wife who suppose to be the
successor of the account died alongside with him.

Since the deceased left no body behind to claim the fund, as a foreigner,
you are in better position for that, and no body will come for the claim
after you have applied. If you are ready to assist me, set up a new bank
account or forward to me any one avialable so that the process will commence

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.

Finally, note that you are not taking any risk because there will be a legal
back up as we commence.

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


* **
*Mr Zimba Amadu*.

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