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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: "Hassan Usman" <dr.hassanusman003@gala.net>
Reply-To: dr.hassanusman@hotmail.com
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2008 15:11:09 +0200
Subject: REQUREST FOR CO-OPERATIVE BUSINESS


*FROM DESK OF DR.HASSAN USMAN,
HEAD FOREIGN EXCHANGE DEPT:
BANK OF AFRICA, BENIN REPUBLIQUE-COTONOU.

Dear Sir/Madam,

REQUREST FOR CO-OPERATIVE BUSINESS

I AM DR. HASSAN USMAN Head Foreign Exchange Dept; BANK OF AFRICA,BENIN
REPUBLIQUE-COTONOU .Every Six years, Cotonou Banks transfer to it's
treasury,Millions of Dollars/Euro of unclaimed deceased Depositors Funds,
incompliance it the Banking Laws and Guidelines.In the majority of cases,
with reference to my Bank Of Africa the money normally runs into several
millions of Dollars Until Mr.Sheu Yuan-dong, governor of Taiwan's Central
Bank, his wife and only daughter with other four other finance officials
returning from a conference in Bali Died in a plane crash in Taiwan, I was
his foreign currency denoted Bank Account Manager with constant balance in
excess of eight digits. Ever since his death and up till this time of
writing, no next of kin or relation of his has come forward to claim his
money with us,since they lost their only daughter who was supposed to
inherit this liquid assets. However, with my position, I am directly in
charge of Bills and Exchange in the Foreign Remittance Department of this
bank. I am in a position to cause the payment of this money to whosoever
that present himself or herself as the next of kin or relation of late Mr.
Sheu Yuan-dong on private business deal basis.

Please View this website:
**http://www.cnn.com/WORLD/9802/16/taiwan.crash.update2/*<http://www.cnn.com/WORLD/9802/16/taiwan.crash.update2/>
*

The purpose of my writing to you exclusively is that I want to pull out this
unclaimed money amounting to US$20,900,000.00 (twenthy Million, Nine Hundred
Thousand United States Dollars) with your co-operation and assistance by
just doing the following- 1. Act as the next of kin or relation of late Mr.
Sheu Yuan-dong
2. Provide your bank account and location where you want the money remitted.
3. Provide your direct and private telephone/fax numbers for effective
communication and also your photography for future purpose.
4. Give immediate reply to this proposal, using this email address Upon
receipt of your response and agreeing with my terms, I will send to you by
fax the legally certified documents that proves that you are the next of
kin/beneficiary of the said funds.

We agree that 30 % of this money will be for you as foreign partner, in
respect to the provision of a foreign account, 10 % will be set aside for
expenses incured during the business and 60 % would be for me and my
colleagues. and myself that will eventually visit your country for
disbursement of our fund portion. As a matter of fact,it is pertinent to
inform you that all modalities have been accomplished and all logistics in
good shape to effect payment immediately.

Looking forward to a mutual beneficial business relationship.

Treat with extremely confidential.

Best regards,
DR. HASSAN USMAN. contact me through my private email adress for more
details: **dr.hassanusman@hotmail.com* <dr.hassanusman@hotmail.com>

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