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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Mr. Ashmed Belio" <>
Date: Fri, 06 Jan 2006 19:08:32 -0700

Good Day,

My name is Ashmed Belio, i am the regional accounts director of Central Bank
Of Nigeria. I represent a number of accounts and clients at my firm. You are
receiving this message basically because we currently have a pending
transaction which we feel you might qualify to per take in the execution.
but before I proceed i would like to inform you that this is not a scam,
hoax or any advance fee fraud, you will not at any point be requested or
asked to contribute financially in the course of this transaction (not even
a penny or cent) after you have registered with our bank which the
registration fee is two hundred dollars ( $200 ), as you would recall from
the beginning of my message me and my business associate who are involved in
this transaction are in the banking industry, so any financial aspect that
is required or is to be incurred during the course of this transaction we
are more than capable handling. Before you can be one of our trustees to
this transaction, you most register with our bank before we will proceed
with you in this great benefit transaction.
Now your first question might be what is this transaction all about?. Yes
basically me and a couple of my associates are directly in charge of a
number of coded accounts with available balances of $1M-$186M (US Dollars),
#500,000-20M (GBP Sterling) and #1M-60M (Euros) respectively which are owned
by various clients across Europe (whose names we would keep confidential),
now for some various reasons range from the account being Dormant for a very
long period and effort to reach the beneficiary over the years has been
futile, to the immediate need to discreetly move funds out of the account
before its frozen by the central bank or the government, we require trustees
in north America (US or Canada) to front as beneficiaries to transfer this
funds discreetly and securely out of Europe to for later disbursement. This
transfers are 100% risk free and the maximum time frame for this transaction
is 14 working days from the point of approval and as agreed by the
transferring accountants for your assistance you are entitled to 5% of each
credited transfers made to your nominated account.
Now for your to qualify and be nominated as one of our trustees to this
transaction (i) you must be well over 18yrs of age (ii) you must not have
any past criminal record,(iii) You most follow our instruction to enable us
have a perfect transaction (iv) you must have one or more accounts in one of
our corresponding receiving banks (iv) you are to be 100% confidential about
this transaction (no disclosure to a third party).
We believe that you can earn good future and achievements in our business
transaction if your application is approved. So if our offer is interesting
to you and you have the (4) basic qualification requirements, following

(i) Full Name
(ii) Residential Address
(iii) Contact Phone/ Fax Number
(iv) Email

The above details will enable us prepare your application form that would be
forwarded to you within 24hrs. Note, as soon as you receive this e-mail ,
Write me back forther details.
Best Regards,
Ashmed Belio.
Central Bank Of Nigeria.
PS: All response should be directed to my secure email address: for immediate response and if you do not reapond to
this mail that is to show that you will not follow our instruction when this
transaction start and it will disqualify you.

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