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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: "ali moustafa" <>
Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2006 19:17:21 +0000


I am Ali Moustafa, the manager in charge of auditing and accounting unit
foreign remittance department of bank of africa (BOA)ouaga-burkina faso 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 auditing in the bank, in my
department I came across a very huge sum of money belonging to a deceased
person, a foriegner who died in a plane crash and the fund has been dormant
in his account with the bank without any claim of the fund in our custody
either from his family or relation before my discovery to this
development,Although personally, I kept this information secrete within
myself and to enable the whole plans and idea be profitable and uccessful
during the time of execution.

The amount involved is (us$7,500.000) (Seven Million Five Hundred Thousand
United State Dollars ). Meanwhile, all the whole arrangement and directives
needed to put claim over this fund as the next of kin to the deceased, Upon
your acceptance all the information will be forward to you as soon as you
indicate your interest and willingness to assist me 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,we are
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 party or fellow who
will forward claims as the next of kin with affidavit of trust of Oath to
the bank and also present a foriegn account where you will need the said
fund to be transferred into, after due verification and clarification to
designated bank account,I will not fail to inform you that this transaction
is 100% risk free, On smooth conclusion of this transaction, you will be
entitled to 40% of the total sum as ratification, while 10% will be set
aside to take care of expenses that may arise during the time of transfer
such as telephone bills etc,While 50% will be for me.

Please you have been adviced to keep top secret as I am still in service and
intend to retire from service after I conclude this deal with you, I will be
monitoring the whole situation here in the bank until you confirm the money
in your account and ask me to come down there for subsequent shearing of the
fund according to percentages previously indicated and further
investment,either in your country or any other country you may advice me to
invest in.
All other necessary information will be sent to you when I hear from you, I
suggest you get back to me as soon as possible, stating your wish in this

Trusting to receive your urgent reply through my alternative Email : Your's Sincerely
Ali Moustafa

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