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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: "Frank Luis" <luisfrank1@livedoor.com>
Reply-To: luisfrank001@hotmail.com
Date: Sun, 6 Jul 2008 12:00:20 +0000
Subject: FROM: MR LUIS FRANK.


*FROM: MR LUIS FRANK.
DIRECTOR IN CHARGE OF SECTION.*
*BANK OF AFRICA (B.O.A)*
*OUAGADOUGOU BURKINA FASO.*

*Dear Friend*
* *
* STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL *
* *
*I know that this mail will come to you as a surprise as we neever met
before. I am the Director in charge of Auditing section of B.O.A Bank of
African, I Hoped that you will not expose or betray this trust and confident
that I am about to repose on you for the mutual benefit of our both
families. I need your urgent assistance in transferring the sum of Eighteen
Million Five Hundred Thousand united state dollars.($18.5mUSD). Immediately
to your account. The money has been dormant (in-active) for 10 years in our
Bank here without any body coming for it. *
* *
*I want to release the fund to you as the nearest person to our deceased
customer (the owner of the account) who died a long with his supposed next
of kin in air crash since on February 21, 2003. I don't want the fund to go
into our Bank treasury as an abandoned fund, so this is the reason why I
contacted you, so that my Bank will release the fund to you as the nearest
person to the deceased customer. **Please I would like you to keep this
proposal as a top secret and delete it if you are not interested.*
**
*Upon receipt of your reply, I will send you the application form which you
will send to our bankas the next of kin and also note that you will have 40%
of the above mentioned amount if you agree to help me execute this business.
And also 10 % had been mapped for you for the expense you will make in this
transaction and 50% is for me. I need you information so that I will send
you the application form. *
* *
* *
* YOUR FULL INFOEMATIONS

* **
*YOUR NAME.....................................
YOUR HOME ADDRESSES............
COUNTRY.........................................
HOME TELEPHONE........................
PRIVATE TELEPHONE....................
FAX NO...............................................
MARITAL STATUS............................
AGE.......................................................
OCCUPATION......................................*


*Thanks and waiting for your urgent response,*
* *
*Best Regards*
*MR LUIS FRANK.*
*DIRECTOR IN CHARGE OF SECTION.*
*B.O.A BANK OF AFRICA.*

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