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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: "salif02 usman" <>
Date: Tue, 07 Dec 2004 14:02:27 +0000



You will be confused as of the writer since i have no previuos
correspondence with you, but kindly permit me the privilege of
taking a little of your time.
First,I must solicit your confidence in this project.This is so,by virtue of
its nature as being utmostly confidential and top-secret.
Though,I know that a project of this magnitude will make anyone
apperhensive and worried,but I am assuring you that
all will be result-oriented at the end of the Project.

I have decided to contact you due to the urgency of this
project,through an International Business Enquiry
on the Internet.
I am Dr. Salif Ali the manager of bill and computer at the foreign
Bank Of Africa( BOA)

In my department we discovered an abandoned sum of $ 25.m US dollars
(Twenty five million, US dollars) In an
account that belongsto one of our foreign customers who died along with his
entire family three year ago in a plane crash

Since we got information about his death, we have been expecting his
next of kin to come over and claim his money because the bank cannot
release it unless somebody applies for it as next of kin or relation to the
deceased person as indicated in our banking guidelines but unfortunately
we learnt that all his supposed next of kin or relatives died alongside
with him at the plane crash leaving nobody behind for the claim.

It is therefore upon this discovery that i and two other officials in my
department now decided to make this business proposal to you and release the
money into your account as the next of kin or relation to the deceased
customer for safety and subsequent disbursment.

Since nobody is coming for it , the fund will automatically be transfered
into bank's treasury.The Banking law and guideline here stipulates that if
such money remained unclamed after four years, it will be transfered into
the Bank treasury as unclaimed fund.The request of foreigner as next of kin
in this business is occasioned by the fact that the customer was a foreigner
and a Burkinabe cannot stand as next of kin to a foreigner.

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 any expenses incured during the curse of transfer and 60 % would be
for me and my colleagues. There after I and my colleagues will visit
your country for disbursement according to the percentages indicated

Therefore to enable the immediate transfer of this fund to you as
arranged, you must apply first to the bank as relations or next of kin
of the deceased person indicating your bank name, account details, your
private telephone and fax numbers for easy and effective communication and
location where the money will be remitted

Upon receipt of your reply, I shall send to you a text of
the application which you will forward to the paying bank introducing
your self and at the same time instructing bank to effect the release of
the fund into your account. I must not hesitate to bring to your notice
that this transaction is hitch free on both side as the nature of your
business in not connected to this transfer, so you should not entertain
any atom of fear as all required arrangements have been made for the
Contact me immediately on the above email account as soon as you
receive this message to indicate your interest and willingness to co

Trusting to hear from you immediately.
Yours faithfully,
DR. Salif Ali

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