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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: "kofi amma" <>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2006 07:02:48 +0000


Attn: Sir
I am Mr Amma Kofi the director in charge of auditing and accounting section
of Continental Trust bank cotonou benin republic in west Africa with due
respect and regard.

I have decided to contact you on a business transaction that will be very
beneficial to both of us at the end of the transaction.

During our investigation and auditing in this bank,my department came across
a very huge sum of money belonging to a deceased person who died on 26th
December 1998 on Airline Transafrik International with aircraft Lockheed
L-100-30 at location Vila Nova,
Angola with registration number S9-CAO while travelling with his entire
family of his wife, 2 children and a maid on a festive visit to Angola.and
since his untimely death the funds has been dormant in his account with this
Bank without any claim of the fund in our custody either from his family or
relation before our discovery to this development.

Although personally,i keep this information secret within myself and
partners to enable the whole plans and idea be Profitable and successful
during the time of execution.The said amount was usd$24.1M(Twenty four
million one Hundred Thousand united states dollars).

As it may interest you to know,i got your impressive information through my
good friends who works with chamber of commerce on foreign business
relations here in Cotonou-Benin.It is him who recommended your person to me
to be viable and capable to champion a business of such magnitude without
any problem.

Meanwhile all the whole arrangement to put claim over this fund as the
bonafide next of kin to the deceased, get the required approval and transfer
this money to a foreign account has been put in place and directives and
needed information will be relayed to you as soon as you indicate your
interest and willingness to assist us and also benefit yourself to this
great business opportunity.

In fact i could have done this deal alone but because of my position in this
country as a civil servant,we are not allowed to operate a foreign account
and would eventually raise an eye brow on my side during the time of
transfer because i work in this bank.This is
the actual reason why it will require a second party or fellow who will
forward claims as the next of kin to the Bank and also present a foreign
account where he/she will need the money to be re-transferred into on his
request as it may be after due verification and
clarification by the correspondent branch of the bank where the whole money
will be remitted from to your own designated bank account.

May i at this point emphasize that this transaction is 100% risk free as i
have made arrangements for a successful arrangement as an insider of the
bank before contacting you.On smooth conclusion of this transaction,you will
be entitled to 30% of the total
sum as gratification,while 10% will be set aside to take care of expenses
that may arise during the time of transfer and also telephone bills,my
travel ticket to come over to your country for the sharing of the fund while
60% will be for me and my partner.

Please,you have been adviced to keep this a top secret as we are still in
service and intend to retire from service after we conclude this deal with
I will be monitoring the whole situation here in this bank until you confirm
the money in your account and ask us to come down to your country for
subsequent sharing of the fund according to percentages previously
indicated and further investment,either in
your country or any country you advice us to invest in.

All other necessary information will be sent to you on your acceptance to
champion this transaction with me.i suggest you get back to me as soon as
possible or you contact me on my private line stating your wish in this
deal. My alternative email address is,
Yours Faithfully,

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