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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: "emmanuel ouedraogo" <>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2005 22:06:23 +0000
Subject: I kindly wait your reply.


Dear Friend,

I am the manager bill and exchange of the foreign remittance department,
African Development Bank Burkina, I am trusting this transaction to you,
that you will handle it with sincerity and without any problems.
In my department file, I discovered an abandoned sum of US $32.6m(Thirty two
million, six hundred thousand US Dollars) in an account, belonging to one of
our bank’s foreign customer who died along with his family in November 2,
1999 in a plane crash.
Since I got information about his death, I have done a lot of investigations
and verifications to confirm if anyone such as a next of kin or relative of
the deceased has called to claim the inheritance fund.
These is because, the bank cannot release it to anyone, unless somebody
applies for the fund as next of kin or relative to the deceased as it is
indicated in our banking laws and guidelines.
Fortunately, if I should say, I have fully confirmed that, no one has come
up to claim the fund and I have spent a lot of money into getting this vital
information’s and classified details secretly, about the deceased customer
and the said inheritance fund.
It is therefore upon this discovery that I have decided to make this
Business proposal to you as a foreigner, for you to assist and stand as the
next of kin or a relation(best convenient for you), to the deceased person
and subsequent disbursement will be made into your designated account, since
nobody is coming to claim the inheritance fund and this money must not go
into the bank’s treasury as unclaimed bill, the banking law and guideline of
“ARTICLE A section ABD/O11 of 1991, stipulates that, if such account is
found dormant for the banking period of Six (6)years, such fund will be
automatically transferred and deposited in the bank’s treasury as Unclaimed
The request of a foreigner as next of kin in this business is occasioned by
the fact that, the customer is a foreigner, a Burkinabe, cannot stand as a
next of kin to a foreigner’s assets, unless there must be a link. It is more
convincing when a foreigner stands in. Also, considering the demands of the
bank, and my inability to cope with the fees to process the account and
activate the fund for further access to the account.
I arrange that 30% of this money will be for you as my foreign partner in
respect to applying to the bank as the next of kin. 10% will be set aside
for expenses incurred during the transaction, handled by you courteously and
highly secretive and 60% will be for me, in the sense that, I will visit
your country for residing and investment purposes for a brighter and
prosperous future.
Therefore, to enable the immediate transfer and crediting of your account
with this fund, you have to apply first to the bank as relative or next of
kin to the deceased customer.
Upon receipt of your reply, I will send to you by fax or e-mail a suitable
text of the application letter. I will not also, fail to bring to your
notice that this transaction is hitch free and you do not need to entertain
any fear as all possible loop-holes from where there might be a problem, has
been taken care of, I believe, by the Merciful Grace of God.
You should contact me immediately you receive my letter through my telephone
or e-mail.
Waiting on your assistance.
Yours faithfully,

Emmanuel Ouedraogo Mgr.

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