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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: "Micheline Baro" <>
Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2005 23:00:11 +0000
Subject: Urgent call pls:0022676464287


Dear Friend,

I am the manager of auditing and accounting at the foreign remittance
department of BANK OF AFRICA (B.O.A) here in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.In my
department we discovered an abandoned sum of US$14.5m dollars (Fourteen
million fife hundred thousand US dollars) in an account that belongs to one
of our foreign customer (MR.ANDREAS SCHRANNER from Munich, Germany) who died
along with his entire family in Jully 2000 in a plane crash.For more
informations about the crash you can visit this site:

Since we got information about his death, we have been expecting his next of
kin to come over and claim his money because we cannot release it unless
some body applies for it as next of kin or relation to the deceased as
indicated in our banking guidlings and laws but unfortunately we learnt that
all his supposed next of kin or relation died alongside with him at the
plane crash leaving nobody behind for the claim.It is therefore upon this
discovery that I now decided to make this business proposal to you and
release the money to you as the next of kin or relation to the deceased for
safety and subsequent disbursement since nobody is coming for it and we
don't want this money to go into the bank treasury as unclaimed bill.

The banking law and guidline here stipulates that if such money remained
unclaimed after five years, the money will be transfered into the bank
treasury as unclaimed fund. The request of foreigner as next of kin in this
business is occassioned by the fact that the customer was a foreigner and a
Burkinabe cannot stand as next of kin to a foreigner.I agree that 30% of
this money will be for you as a respect to the provision of a foriegn
account ,10% will be set aside for expenses incurred during the business and
60% would be for me Thereafter, I will visit your country for disbursement
according to the percentage indicated Therefore, to enable the immediate
transfer of this fund to you arranged,you must apply first to the bank as
relation or next of kin of the deceased with a text of application that i
will send to you,so i will like you to send to me your private telephone and
fax number for easy and effective communication and location where in the
money will be remitted.

Upon receipt of your reply, I will send to you by fax or email the text of
the application . I will not fail to bring to your notice this transaction
is hitch-free and that you should not entertain any atom of fear as all
required arrangements have been made for the transfer. You should contact me
immediately as soon as you receive this letter on my mobile phone number
00226 76 46 42 87.or by e-mail Trusting to hear from you immediately.

Yours Faithfully,

1. Full Name
2. Your Telephone Number and Fax Number
3. Your Contact Address.

Mr.Micheline Baro

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