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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: "Ibrahim Osseni" <> (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 7 Nov 2006 18:28:24 +0000
Subject: Great minds

Dear Business Partner,
My name is Ibrahim Osseni, the Chairman of Independent Committee on Unclaimed
Foreign Funds(I.C.U.F.F),Senegal.ICUFF is charged with the responsibility of
finding foreign bank accounts abbroad belonging to our late citizens which have
remained dormant/unclaimed over the years.

It may interest you to know that In 2004, A list of dormant accounts originally
owned by our citizens was and sent to our country's government. Some of these
dormant accounts belonged to our late citizens of Senegal.

The continuing efforts of the Independent Committee on Unclaimed Foreign Funds
(I.C.U.F.F) has since resulted in the discovery of additional dormant accounts,
securities accounts, safe deposit boxes,custody accounts,non interest bearing

A routine notification has been sent from a security firm abroad to my office
to make available the beneficiary for the claim of US$12.5 million belonging
to one of our late citizens .

The depositor died several years back leaving no possible records for trace of
heirs. I need a foreign partner to ASSIST claim this deposit as the beneficiary.
You will be required to provide me with your details for the processing of the
necessary legal, and administrative claim documents for your claim in the Security
company abroad.Provide me with your full name, address, and telephone/fax.

I am pledging to give you some percentage of the total value of the said deposit
for your assistance .I want you to immediately contact me on phone number
:+2213643609 and through my personal

Thank you for your prompt response.
Ibrahim Osseni

NOTE:Please if you are not interested kindly disregard and delete immediately.
Thanks for you consideration/coperation.

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