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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:

Date: Mon, 7 Mar 2011 01:57:51 +0900 (KST)
Subject: From Mr. Sankara Ahmed

From Mr. Sankara Ahmed

Professional Accounting / Auditing.

BP 0112 Ouaga- Burkina-Faso

Mobile N¡Æ: +22676158232


Hello My Dear friend,
How are you doing together with your entire family, I hope all is well? Please carefully read and understand my reason of contacting you through
this email. I am Mr SANKARA AHMED .

The chief Auditor Bill and Exchange Foreign Remittance Unit African Development Bank (A.D.B) Burkina Faso. West Africa.
Here. I am contacting you because of an abandoned sum of Nineteen Million Three Hundred Thousand United State Dollars. ($19.3 Million) that was deposited by a
late customer of this bank called Mr. Rafik Bahaa Edine Hariri.

A very prominent man who was doing business transaction with our bank. He was a citizen of Lebanon. This bank unfortunately lost his life through assassinated
on February 14, 2005 when explosives equivalent to around 300 kg of C4 were detonated as his motorcade drove past the Saint George Hotel in the Lebanese
capital, Beirut.

The bank has no knowledge about his death. Upon this discovery that i decided to make this business proposal to you since the banking laws and guidelines here
stipulate that if such funds remain unclaimed here after nine years, the money will be transferred into the Central Bank Treasury as unclaimed fund.
My stand to contact you now is that, a foreign has the legal right to put claim to such deposit followed by you will proof your claim with the bank. Therefore,
I want you to apply as his business partner.

This transaction is going to be a success because, a foreigner is compulsorily needed to present himself or herself as the next of kin to this
deceased bank customer and hence the beneficiary of the fundbecause the fund depositor was a foreigner. I therefore, desperately need your assistance to
claim and receive this huge sum of money into your account..
For the assistance in this transaction, you will be entitled to 40% of the total fund in respect of the provision of your bank account and the assistance
you are to render on the process. 55% would be for me as the originator and initiator of the transaction, and the rest 5% will be used to off-set any minor
expenses which may arise during the process of transferring the fund into your account..
I and my entire family will leave here immediately for your country in order to share the
profits and we also invest part of my own share over there, as soon as the fund is transferred into your account.

Please endeavour to keep this transaction very secret and highly confidential because i will lose my work here as bank staff, where the

authority here finds out that you and I are collaborating in this "Special

Deal".. Please also be rest-assured that this business is 100% risk-free, and all the information and data's you will need to make successful claim of this fund in the bank here are fully ready with me here.
Note Well: Please urgently confirm your willingness and interest to assist me by filling and sending back to me the needed information below and also call me
immediately on my private phone numbers:+22676158232

Your Full Name........................

Your Sex........................... ..

Your Age........................... ...

Your Country....................... ...

Passport / driving license............

Marital Status........................ .

Your Occupation.................... ...

Your Personal Mobile Number...........

Your Personal Fax Number...............

From Mr. Sankara Ahmed

Professional Accounting / Auditing.

BP 0112 Ouaga- Burkina-Faso

Mobile N¡Æ: +22676158232



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