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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: amanadu_alabi3 <amanadu_alabi3@unimail.mn>
Reply-To: amanadu_alabi00@yahoo.com
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2008 09:10:05 +0000
Subject: GET BACK TO ME IMMEDITELY TOP / SECRET.


* TOP / SECRET.*
**
* *
*DEAR SIR / MADAM,*
**
*I am the manager of auditing and accounting at the foreign remittance
department of BANK OF AFRICA (B.O.A) here in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. In
my department we discovered an abandoned sum of US$18m dollars (EIGTHEEN
Million US dollars) in an account that belongs to one of our
foreign customer (MR. ANDREAS SCHRANNER from Munich, Germany) who died
along with his entire family in Jully 2003 in a plane crash.For
more informations about the crash you can visit
this site:news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/859479.stm** *
* *
*Since we got information about his death, we have been expecting his next
of
kin to come over and claim his money because we cannot release it unless
somebody applies for it as next of kin or relation to the deceased
as indicated in our banking guidlings and laws but unfortunately we
learnt that all his supposed next of kin or relation died along side with
him
at the plane crash leaving nobody behind for the claim.** *
* *
* It is therefore upon this discovery that I now decided to make this
business
proposal to you and release the money to you as the next of kin or relation
to the deceased for safety and subsequent disbursement since nobody is
coming for it and we don't want this money to go into the bank treasury
as unclaimed bill.** *
* *
*The banking law and guidline here stipulates that if such money remained
unclaimed after seven years, the money will be transfered into the bank
treasury as unclaimed fund. The request of foreigner as next of kin in this
business is occassioned by the fact that the customer was a foreigner and a
Burkinabe cannot stand as next of kin to a foreigner.** *
* *
*I agree that 30% of this money will be for you as a respect to the
provision
of a foriegn account ,10% will be set aside for expenses incuired during the
business and 60% would be for meThere after, I will visit your country for
disbursement according to the percentage indicated Therefore, to enable the
immediate transfer of this fund to you arranged,you must apply first to the
bank as relation or next of kin of the deceased with a text of application
that i will send to you,so i will like you to send to me your private
telephone and fax number for easy and effective communication and location
where in the money will be remitted.** *
* *
*Upon receipt of your reply, I will send to you by fax or email the text of
the application . I will not fail to bring to your notice this transaction
is hitch-free and that you should not entertain any atom of fear as all
required arrangements have been made for the transfer. You should contact
me immediately as soon as you receive this letter,Trusting to hear from you
immediately.*
**
* you are advice to fill the space below,*
*1. NAME IN FULL:..............................*
*2.ADDRESS:.....................................*
*3.NATIONALITY:................................*
*4.AGE:.............................................*
*5.Sex..............................................*
*6.OCCUPATION:...............................*
*7. MARITALSTATUS:.........................*
*8.PHONE...........................................*
*9.FAX:.................................................*
**
*YOURS FAITHFULLY,*
*MR AMANADU ALABI.*

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