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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: Fraide Bahri Muqdad <>
Date: Sat, 10 Apr 2010 14:31:46 +0000 (GMT)


I am the senior Auditor In charge of Foreign Remittance Unit of our bank and I decided to contact you for this financial transaction worth fourty million Dollars ($ 40 M ) for our present and future success, this is an fund that belongs to one of our bank foreign customers who died along with his entire family through plane crash on 16th September 2005:

Meanwhile i was very fortunate to come across the deceased file when I was arranging the old and abandoned customers files in other to sign and submit to the entire bank management for official re-documentation and to the law imposed by the British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said in World Press Conference on Tuesday 6 December 2005, for your information about the prime Minister decision on dormant accounts visit:

Audit of the year against 2006.informed clearly in our Foreign banking rules and regulations which was signed lawfully that if such fund remains unclaimed till the period of(Seven 7years) started from the date when the beneficiary died, the money will be transferred into the Government Bank treasury as an unclaimed fund.However, it is not authorized by the rules guiding our banks for a citizen of Burkina Faso to make the claim of the fund unless you are a foreigner, no matter the country you came. My request for 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 fund.

After our success of the business, We shall agree that { 40% } Fourth Percent will be for you in respect of all your assistance for this transaction and {60% }sixty Percent will be for me being the pioneer of the business . If you are really sure of yourself, Trust worthiness, Accountability and confidentiality on this transaction, contact me and accept not to change your mind to betray me, or disappoint me when the deposited funds is released into your bank account. So reply for the assurance with these necessary informations to facilitate an easy communication.

Full Name:
You’re Age:
You’re Occupation:
Your sex/status:
Telephone number:
You’re Country:

You notify me so that I will let you know the next steps and procedures to follow in order to finalize this transaction immediately,
Expect your urgent communication.
Yours sincerely,
Mr Faride Bahri Muqdad.

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