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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: "musa malak" <>
Date: Mon, 22 May 2006 18:29:25 +0000


Dear Friend,

I am MR. MUSA MALAK, the director in charge of auditing and accounting
section of international bank of Africa Lome-Togo in west Africa with due
respect and regards.

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 audting in this bank, my department came across a very
huge sum of money belonging to a deceased person who died on November
1997 in a plane crash and the fund has been dormantin his account with
this bank without any claim ofthe fund in our custody either from his
family or relation before our discovery to this development.

Although personally, I kept this information secret with in my self and
partner to enable the whole plansand idea be pofitable and successful during
the time of execution.The said amount was USD$6.5m (SIX MILLIONFIVE HUNDRED
THOUSAND UNITED STATESDOLLARS). As it may intrest you to know, I got your
impressive information through my good friend who works with chamber of
commerce on foriegn business relations here in Lome-Togo.

It is him who recommended your person tome to be viable and capable to
champion a business ofsuch magnitude with out any problem. Mean while 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
foriegn accounthas been put in place and directives and needed information
will be relayed to you as soon as you indicate your intrest and willingness
to assist us and also benefit your self 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, weare not allowed to operate a foriegn 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 partyor fellow who
will forward claims as the next of kinwith affidavit of trust of Oath to
the bank and also present a foriegn account where he will need the money to
be re-transfered into on his request as it may be after due verification
and clarification by designation bank account.

I will not fail to inform you that this transactionis 100% risk free. On
smooth conclusion of this transaction, you will be entitiled to 30% of the
total sum as your share, 10% will be set aside to take care of expenses that
may arise during the time of transfer including telephone bills, while 60%
will be for meand my partners.

Please you are adviced to keep this business secret as we are still in
service and intend to retire from service after we conclude this deal with
you. I will be monitoring the whole situation here in this bank until you
confirm the money in your account, then we shall come down to your country
forsharing of the fund according to percentages indicated above as well as
discussing with you for the investment of the bulk of our shares either in
your country or which ever country you peceive investment friendly and

All other necessary information will be sent to you when I hear from you. I
suggest you get back to me assoon as possible stating your opinion in this

Yours faithfully,

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