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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: "Rasheed Musa" <>
Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2006 12:52:32 +0100
Subject: MESSAGE



I am the bill and exchange manager of Ghana Commercial Bank. I got your
email adress while searching for trustworthy cuontries and individuals. I
wish to seek your partnership in business because I discovered unclaim sum
of $ 15m US dollars in our bank which belonged to one of our late foreign
customer who died with his entire family in September 11 Terrorist Attack in
AmericaI discovered this while cross-checking the files of foreigners in my
department since our Federal Government has announced on the need of
settling all foreign bills to enable foreign investors to come into our
country and as an order from African Unity governed by African heads.

Since I discovered the unclaim fund and about his death, I have been
expecting his next of kin to come over and claim his money because our bank
cannot release it unless somebody applies for it as next of kin or relation
to the deceased as indicated in our banking guidelines but unfortunately I
learnt that all his supposed next of kin or relation died alongside with him
at the terrorist attack leaving nobody behind for the claim.

It is therefore upon this discovery that I now decided to make this
businness proposal to you as to be a partner to claim the fund since nobody
is coming for it and I don’t want this money to go into the Bank's treasury
as unclaimed Bill.The Banking law and guideline here stipulates that if such
money remained uncliamed after Five years, the money will be transferred
into the Bank treasury as unclaimed fund. The request of foreigner as next
of kin in this business is because the customer was not a GHANIAN and a
GHANIAN cannot stand as next of kin to a foreigner.

I agree that 30 % of this money will be for you as foreign partner, since
you are providing an account for the claim, 10 % will be set aside for
expenses incured during the business which means what ever you will spend
during the transfer after it will be taken out of the 10% and 60 % would be
for me.

There after I will visit your country for disbursement accoding to the
percentages indicated if agreed.Therefore to enable the immediate trnansfer
of this fund to you as arranged, you must apply first to the bank as
relations or next of kin with the informations I will give you about the
account and the owner/deceased. therefore thereafter will provide your bank
name, your bank account number,your private telephone and fax number for
easy and effective communication and location where in the money will be
remitted you will include all these in the application addressed to our
remittance director to the address of I will give you later. Upon receipt of
your reply, I will send to you the pattern of the application you will copy
and re-send to our remittance director for the claim.

I will not fail to bring to your notice that this transaction is hitch free
and that you should not entertain any atom of fear as all required
arrangements have been made for the transfer and the file of the fund
is under my desk.

Your’s faithfully,

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