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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!

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Fraud email example:

From: bonny ade <>
Date: Wed, 1 Mar 2006 09:35:59 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Thanks

From: Bonniface Adebayo
Central Bank Of Nigeria (CBN)
Tinubu Sqaure, Lagos.

Dear friend,

My name is Bonniface Adebayo. I am the director for Foreign Operations Department at the Central Bank Of Nigeria (CBN). I write to disclose to you
a great opportunity through which both of us can work together and make real big money. I disclose this to you hoping that you will be able to work with me so that we can achieve it and also hoping that you can keep secrets.It is about a LATE foreign contractor (MR. MORRIS THOMPSON) who did a contract of $7,000,000 (Seven MILLION U.S. DOLLARS) for the Federal Goverment Of Nigeria (FGN). The money is long over due to be
remitted to his bank account, but no one is to claim the money. He has no next of kin in his file with the CBN. There is a provision for next of kin in the form he filled at CBN but I don know why he did not fill anybody as his next of kin. I want a trusted and straight-forward person with whom I will claim this money, hence I contacted you. To claim the money, you will assist by providing a very good bank account in your country and I will take his file and FILL in YOUR NAME as his Next Of Kin. I have 100% access to the files because of my position in CBN. Once I will fill in your name, I will then use a lawyer here to get a court affidavit to instruct CBN to pay you the contract amount since you are the Next Of Kin and the original contractor is dead. It will also instruct CBN to henceforth communicate with you as the next of kin in respect of anything regarding the payment. As soon as the money is remitted to the bank account you will provide, I will distroy the contracto!
r file at
CBN and all documents relating to his contract and the payment. For us to claim the money is very easy as there is no risk involved. I also know what and what to do to see that the money is remitted to the account you will provide within five days from the day we start. I am also aware of the international monitoring of all large-scale financial movements before and after the September 11th 2001 terrorist attack on America and to avoid any state of financial investigation I will provide a classified clearance paper from the relevant body which will
exonerate the money from either drug, money laundered or terrorist related proceeds. I intend to resign my appoitment with CBN to do fulltime business and I also have a political ambition in the year 2007 as a Governor of my state, so I need such money to achieve it. Once we finalize the deal and the money gets to your bank account, I will meet you in your country for the sharing. You will take 40% of the total amount and I will get 60%. Meanwhile, I want you to understand that I am not a criminal by doing this deal. It is just that the opportunity came and I need such money to pursue my political carrier in the year 2007. I must let you know that we will not be doing bad to humanity by claiming this money because, the contractor did not fill any Next Of Kin in his file. Since the contractor is dead, if we fail to claim the money, the money will be retained by the Gvernment. Therefore, I think it is wise for us to claim it instead of leaving it for the Government. The late M!
Thompson was an American, from the city of Alaska He died together with his wife and their only daughter aboard Alaska Airline flight number 261, on 31st of January, 2003. You can read more about Mr. Morris Thompson and his family.
Please contact me as soon as you read this message to let me know your mind about the proposal. Send your private E-mail address, phone and
fax numbers and your contact address while you respond. I wait to hear from you.
God bless you.
Best regards,
Bonniface Adebayo

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