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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: "personalandrew5" <>
Date: Sun, 6 Jul 2008 15:27:03 +0200
Subject: Looking forward to your urgent response.

TELEPHONE:+229_ 93-56-56-05

Dear Friend,

(TRANSFER OF US$14,000,000)
Please do not be surpprise the way i got your contact. It is obvious that
this proposal will come to you as a suprise. This is because we have not
meet before but i am inspired to send you this email by the huge fund
transfer opportunity that will be of mutual benefit to both of us.First
Letme start by introducing myself properly to you.I am BELLO ANDREW ,Credit
officer TRUST FINACIAL COMPANY here in cotonou.I beleive that you will not
betrayed me at last with the trust iintend putting on you now.

A foreigner,a Libyian,Late Engr.MAHMUD ALI IBRAHIM (snr)An iron
steelcompanychairman with the Federal Government here in Benin untill his
death some years ago in a plain crash and he Deposited with us some amount
of money worth US$14,000,000 (Fourteen million United States Dollars),the
company now expects a next of kin as beneficiary of this money and Valuable
efforts are being made by TRUST FINACIAL COMPANY to get in touch with any of
the MAHMUD ALI'S family or relatives but to no avail.

It is because of the perceived possibility of not being able to locate any
of Late Engr MAHMUD ALI IBRAHIM (snr)'s next of kin (he had no wife
orchildren that is known to us).The management under the influence of our
chairman and members of the board of directors,have made arrangements for
the fund to be declared "Unclaimed"and subsequently be
used to import amunations into our country.

However,In order to avert this negative development,some of my trusted
colleagues and I,now seek your permission to have you stand as next of kin
to late Engr MAHMUD ALI IBRAHIM (snr) so that the fund US$14,000,000 will be
released and transfered into your account as the beneficiary.

All documents and proofs to enable you get this fund has been carefully
worked out.We have secured from the probate an order of mandamus to locate
any of the deceased beneficiaries, and more so, we are assuring you that
this business is 100% risk free envolvement. Your share remains while
therest will be for myself and my colleagues for investment purposes
anywhere according to agreementbetween we and your goodself.

So as soon as we receive an acknowledgement of the receipt of this our
mutual business proposal from you,we would furnish you with the necessary
disbursement ratio to suite both parties.If this proposal is acceptable by
you, do not hasitate to contact me through my private e-mail :

Looking forward to your urgent response.
Best regards,
Bello Andrew.

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