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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: "Gordon Roof" <>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2008 13:36:29 +0100
Subject: My Dear Trusted Friend,

*My Dear Trusted Friend,

I am Mr Gordon Roof , Head of Files/Records Department in the African
Development Bank, Cotonou, Benin Republic in West Africa.

Going through the files and records in my department I observed an abandoned
sum of 12.500.000.00 (Twelve million Five Hundred Thousand United States
Dollars) belonging to a German business magnate and property consultant,
Late Andreas Schranner. The late Mr Schranner died in a plane crash on
Monday, 31st July, 2000 alongside his family members. The BBC website:


*I also observed that since his sudden death the bank has made frantic
efforts to locate his relations, but all attempts failed. To avoid the board
of directors taking advantage of the funds, my collegues and I conceived the
idea of contacting you, based on the good recommendation given to me by a
friend who works with the chamber of commerce and industries here.

We need your unflinching support and cooperation to have the funds
transferred to your nominated bank account. The money will be shared on a
ratio of 20% to you and the rest for my colleagues and I.Having done a
thorough feasibility study on how to perfect the transfer of the funds to
your bank account, your role shall be to send an
application for claim of the funds to the bank as a next of kin or business
partner to the late Andreas Schranner. I also would require The Following :

1. Contact address,
2. Telephone Number
3.Fax numbers for easy communication.
4. Copy of your Passport

Please, rest assured that the business is 100% risk free. *

*I look forward to receiving your urgent response.

Best wishes,

Mr Gordon Roof
Head of Files/Records
African Development Bank
TELEPHONE: 00229 97 65 8748*

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