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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: "Zondo Sakala" <>
Date: Sat, 29 Oct 2005 09:04:58 -0500
Subject: The Inherittance (Estate) of Late Dr. Rigobeto Fujimori.

Mr. Zondo Sakala,
Country Representatives,
African Development Bank Group,
Abuja, West Africa. .

Attn: The Chairman/President/CEO of Recipient Addressee.

Hello Sir,

I will like to solicit your kind help in a business proposition, which is by
nature very confidential and a top secret with the hope that this message
gets to you in good health.

I know that a transaction of this magnitude will make any one worried and
apprehensive but I am assuring you not to worry, as all will be well at the
end of this plan which shall be of mutual benefit to in return.

I am Mr. Zondo Sakala, Country Representative with the African Development
Bank Group and I have decided to seek your co-operation in claiming a huge
sum of money requiring maximum confidence which shall be of mutual benefit
in return to both you and I.

Late Dr. Rigobeto Fujimori, a national of your country and your relative who
was an oil merchant and a big time oil contractor to several African
Governments is dead. Until his death onboard the ill fated Kenyan Airways
bus {A310300}, he was our customer at the African Development Bank Group and
had a balance/deposit of Million's of United States Dollars which the bank
now expects a next of kin to claim as the beneficiary without delay.

Presently, the bank gave me a notification to present any Next of Kin to
inheritt the funds immediately and I have made valuable efforts to get his
people to no avail as he had no known relatives. Due to this development the
bank is considering to declear the funds unclaimed, confisicated and
subsequently made bank property.

Meanwhile, to avert this negative development, I have decided to look for a
reputable person to act as the next of kin to the deceased, so that the
funds will be released and paid into your account and this is where you come
in. All documents to aid your claim will be provided by me with your
co-operation. You will be adequately compensated with a due percentage of
the total sum.

Be assured that this Inherittance claim is risk free and genuine. I need the
folowing listed informationd from you to proceed:-

1. Your full names.

2. Your direct phone and fax numbers.

3. Your office or residence adddress.

4. Age and occupation.

With these informations provided, the board of directors of the bank has
agreed officially to approve and release the fund without delay. Please, for
more confidential communication importantly, I advise you direct further
email correspondence to my direct e-mail: immediately.

I await your further email reply without delay.

I will be glad if my proposal is successful.

Warm personal regards.

Zondo Sakala,
Country Representatives,
African Development Bank Group,
Abuja, West Africa.

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