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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: raji raji <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 25 Mar 2009 22:07:37 +0000

From The Account / Audit Manager,
Ouagadougou Burkina Faso

Good morning,

I presumed that all is well with you and your family. Please let this do not be a surprise proposal to you because I got your contact information from the internet directory, and I decided to contact you on this magnitude and lucrative transaction for our future survival in life. Moreover, as a business minded person; I have laid all the solemn trust in you, as NO TRUST, NO FRIENDSHIP; before I decided to disclose this successful & confidential transaction to you.

I am Mr. RAJI RAJI, The Account / Audit Manager of our bank and I have had the intent to contact you over this financial transaction worth the sum of FIFTEEN MILLION, UNITED STATES DOLLARS ($15,000,000.00) for our success. This is an abandoned sum that belongs to one of our bank foreign customers who died along with his entire family through plane crash disaster since few years ago. Meanwhile I was very fortune to come across the deceased file when I was arranging the old and abandoned customer’s files in other to sign and submit to the entire bank management for an official re-documentation and audit of the year.
Be informed clearly that it was stated in our banking rules and regulations which were signed lawfully that if such fund remains unclaimed till the period of 5 years started from the date when the beneficiary died, the money will be transferred into the treasury as an unclaimed fund. As an honor and advantage bestowed to our foreign customers base on the rules guiding our bank, it was stated obviously that if you are not a Burkina Faso citizen, you have the absolute authority to claim the fund despite your differences from the country of origin of the deceased. So the request of you as a foreigner is necessary to apply for the claim and transfer of the fund smoothly into your reliable bank account as the NEXT OF KIN to the deceased.
PERCENTAGE RATIO: note that 40% being (US$6,000,000.00) will be your share in respect of your assistance and account provide for the transfer, 50% (7,500,000.00) will be my share being the pioneer of the business while the rest 10% (US$1,500,000.00) will be used to install a joint company in your country which will bear our name in particular and whatever profit made out from this company will be used in helping the less privileges, motherless babies home and charity organization in the world.
If you are really sure of your trustworthy, accountability and confidentiality on his transaction, contact me and agree that you will not change your mind to cheat or disappoint me when the fund have getting into your account. Besides you should not entertain any fear because I am sure of the success as an insider in the bank ok.
If you are really sure of your integrity, trustworthy, and confidentiality, reply urgently and to prove that, include your particulars as follows.
1) Your full name ;................
2) Martal State ;.............
3) Your Fax No. °?:................
4) Your Telephone No.?
5) Your occupation ?:............
6) Your Nationality ?:................
7) Your age ?:...................
8) Email adress...................................
9) Are you able to handle this transaction ?:.....................

As soon as you reply, call me through my private telephone number indicated above so that I will let you know the next step to follow in order to finalize this transaction immediately.
I expect your urgent communication.
Yours sincerely.


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