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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: "BINTOU" <> (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2005 13:01:22 +0200
Subject: Urgent Response

Dear Sir,
My name is Miss Bintou Shaban Samir i am from Sudan schooling in the University of Sudan as a Medical student but due to the death of my late Father Mahmoud Shaban Samir. I need your help, please kindly to rescure my late father's money in Islamic bank in Senegal west Africa. I went to senegal two times for this money since after the death of my parents, but could not be able to get the money transtered, according to the bank, that i should provide a capable account for transfering this money as i am NOK to my late father. The worst part of it, that makes it to be urgency, is that one of the bankers informed me to get someone to assist me quickly transfer this money in his account other wise the bank official are planing to tamper the fund.
.My later father's name Shaban Samir Mahmoud he diedin an air crash on the 31st October 1999 in an Egyptian airline boeing 990 with other passengers on board. You can confirm this fact from the website which was aired by the BBCWORLDNEWS:
Since his death, nothing is possible for me as the only daughter, my late mother divorce with my late father in 1996 and she later died in breast canser.
Sir, I am begging you to stand as next-of-kin to my late father as
indicated in the bank guide lines for this transfer. I now seek your permission in this regard.
so that the funds can be released and transfer to you, as all information are with me. The amount of the fund is (US$5,700,600.00) to be released in your favor as the beneficiary's next of kin, if not the members of the board of directors will utilise it for their personal aggrandisement. . Please acknowledge receipt of this message in acceptance of our mutual business endeavour by furnishing me with direct contact informations, for our personal contact and mutual trust in each other.
Upon your acceptance I shall send you my photo and contact, for more confidentiality and trust in each other as i shall trust you not to elope with this funds when it finally gets to your account. I shall be compensating you with 30 percent of the total money on final conclusion of this project for your good work, while mine portion i shall use in finishing my study and open maybe a clinic hospital with my future husband.
please endeavor to contact me immediately this is a very clean clear transaction.
I await your response.
Miss Bintou Shaban Samir

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