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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: "Alassane Alidou" <>
Date: Sun, 05 Jun 2005 15:59:34 +0000



With due respect and regards, I Mr Alassane Alidou, the assistant bank
manager of Bank of Africa Ouagadougou Burkina- Faso. I have decided to
contact you on a business transaction that will be very beneficial to both
of us at the end.

During the time of auditing in our bank I discovered an account that belong
to one of our late foreign customer Dr.George Brumley who died with his
entire family in a plane crash on 21st July 2003 in Kenya, his account has
been dormant for some many years without anyone coming forth to claim it.

It's upon my discovery that he has no one to claim his deposited fund, that
I decided to contact you.The banking law and guidelines here stipulates that
if such fund remains unclaimed for five years, and know body apply to the
bank as his or her next of kin to the deceased the fund will be transferred
into the bank treasury as unclaimed fund.

Although personally, I kept this information secret within myself to enable
the whole plans and idea be Profitable and successful during the time of
execution. The said amount was ($10.5M) Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand
Dollars. Meanwhile, all the whole arrangement to put claim
over this fund as the bonafide next of kin to the deceased customer has been
made, and all information will be provided to you as soon as you indicate
your interest and willingness to assist me.

I could have done this transaction alone, but due to the fact that I don't
want the secret of this transaction to be reviewed by anybody, that is why I
have decided to contact a foreign body in other to maintain the secrecy
involved and also been a well know staff of this bank, it is not
advisable for me to carry out this transaction alone.

On smooth conclusion of this transaction. You will be entitled to 35% of the
total sum as gratification, while 10% will be set aside to take care of any
expenses that may arise during the cause of this transaction, which will be
deducted as soon as the funds gets into your personal account in your
country while 55% will be for me.

Please, you have been advised to keep this as a top secret because of the
confidentiality of
this transaction until this fund enters into your designation bank account

I will be monitoring the whole situation here in this bank until you confirm
the fund in your designation bank account before I tender my resignation
letter to the bank.

I will be expecting your response as soon as you receive this message.

Mr Alassane Alidou.

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