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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: mohammed ahmed <>
Date: Thu, 2 Mar 2006 06:16:21 -0800 (PST)
Subject: GOOD DAY

Director, Audit and Accounting Unit,
Foreign Remittance Dept.
African Development Bank (ADB)
West Afrique,
Paine Gravie Maison,
Akpakpa Cotonou,
République du Bénin

Dear Friend,

Greetings to you,
This letter must come to you as a big surprise, but I believe it is
only a day that people meet and become great friends and business
My name is DR.MOHAMMED KADIRI AHMAD , the present Director,
Audit and AccountingUnit Foreign Remittance Dept ,
Bank of Africa here in Benin Republic West Africa.
I write you this proposal in good faith, believing that I can trust you
with the information I am about to reveal to you. Like I said, I have
transaction that will benefit both of us, as your assistance is
required as a foreigner.

I use to head the Accounts department in my bank head office, but last
December I was asked to take position of a Manager of our branch in
Cotonou who passed on, so that was how I became the present Manager and
discovered a fortune.
As I resumed duty, I discovered an account with total sum of 4.6
million USD that has not been operated on for the past 6 years.
>From my investigation, I found out that this account belongs to one
Late Mr. Ziya Bazhayev a Russian big time Oil dealer, who unfortunately
lost his life in the Yak-40jetliner on March 9, 2000.
You will read more news about the crash on visiting these site;

I have kept a close monitoring of the account since then and nobody has
come forward to claim the money as next of kin to the late Mr. Ziya
Bazhayev meaning that no one is aware of the account.
I cannot directly take out this money without the help of a foreigner
and that is why I am contacting you for an assistance to claim the
and share it with me.

As the Manager of my bank branch, I have the power to influence the
release of the funds to any foreigner that comes up as the next of kin
to the account,with the correct information concerning the account,
which I
shall give
you. I am seeking your co -operation to present you as the next of kin
to the account.
There is practically no risk involved, the transaction will be executed
under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of
law. If you accept to work with me, I want you to state how you wish us
to share the funds in percentage, so that both parties will be

Contact me as soon as you receive this message if you feel we can work
together,so as to give you more details.
Thanking you in advance and may Almigthy Allah bless you.
Please, treat with utmost confidentiality.
I wait your urgent response.
Note: For further information contact me back through my private email

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