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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: "dan musa" <>
Date: Sun, 22 May 2005 16:52:27 +0000
Subject: need your immediate response.

Yours Faithfully.
Phone: 226 78 84 40 40.

Dear Sir,

First and foremost, I must apologise for the inconveniences this mail might
cause you to read, but if you could be patient enough to go through it, you
will find this a business proposition that will be beneficial to both of us.
Before I proceed further, let me inform you that I am Mr. DANIEL MUSA
DIALLO, and I am the direct junior brother of Dr.ABUBAKAR DIALLO., who was
the former director,Foreign Operations Department of African Development
Bank based in Abidjan, Cote d' Ivoire the headquarters of the bank.
I obtained your contact address through an address from the Ministry of
Chambers and Commerce of my country, while i was searching for a reliable
person to assist me in transferring some cash sum of money valued at USD$, deposited with a fiduciary Company here in Ouagadougou,
Burkina Faso.
Before and during the cause of the war, with the rebels, the ADB has always
been the major bank in most of the countries of West Africa, and for this
reason and others, the bank was mandated to serve as the financial
institution through which the different foreign powers that had interest in
the war channelled their contributions to the government of Cote DÂ’Ivoire.
It was in this way that the bank received these contributions and disbursed
them to the Ministry of Finance and Economic planning, but at a stage, an
unsolicited amount of money totalling USD$ was received in the
bank from a secret account in Switzerland for onward transfer to the account
of one of the rebel leaders. The bank directors thought over this transfer
and could not effect the transfer since all assets and local accounts of the
rebels leaders has been blocked by the government. The directors therefore
held a meeting and decided to share the money among themselves since the
government was unaware of the existence of the funds. At the end of sharing
the money between the six directors of the bank, my brother received the sum
of USD$7,500.000.00 as his share from the transaction, which he deposited
with the help of his attorney in a fiduciary Company in Burkina Faso. The
money has been there ever since as my brother paid a year advance fees for
the safe keeping of the deposit box, pending when he will authorised his
annual vacation period when he intended to release the box from the company
for lodgement in his bank account in Europe, but this was not to be as the
government started negotiations with the rebel leaders which eventually
brought the hostilities to a halt on the conditions that the government
accede some ministerial and governmental powers to some of their leaders as
a sign of good faith, and this the government accepted and a certain degree
of sanctity has been restored in the Cote d’Ivoire of today, but after the
seization of hostilities, the secret group that made the USD$54,000.000.00
contribution informed the rebels leaders of the contribution to their cause,
and as this was news to the rebel leaders, an investigation was initiated by
the leaders in government, and the six directors including my brother was
arrested and has been detained ever since 23rd May 2003, on charges of Fraud
and Treason, and they are not allowed visits. I got a court injunction to
obtain permission to see my brother in jail, and I was opportune to see him
on several occasions. On one of the visits, he called me aside and confided
this information to me about the deposited money in Burkina faso. As he
said, he is unaware of the governments plans towards their release. He asked
me to visit Burkina faso, and confirm the situation of things with the
director of the security company, and this I have done since my arrival here
last Janurary this year.
I have since been looking for a trustworthy foreigner who can assist to
lay claims to the deposit, for onward transfer to your account abroad or
anywhere you feel to be safe for the money. My brother has authorised me to
give out 25% of the sum to who so ever i find capable to assist.
Dear, your trustworthy and co-operation will ensure the urgent
facilitation of the release of the money in your custody. I will visit you
on agreement that you will help me obtain my enterance visa to your
country., for sharing and further investments. I will require your
information's as your ADDRESS , FULL NAME, PHONE AND FAX N°: to enable me
arrangement with his lawyer to provide immediately the necessary documents
for the change of ownership of the deposit in your favour.
Every needed documents for the deposit are intact with his lawyer whom i
have discussed with as regards to my elder brother's advise.

Once again, thank you for your attention while I await your immediate

Thank you and Remain blessed by Allah.

Yours Faithfully.

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