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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: "Amidou Sokodia" <>
Date: Wed, 08 Nov 2006 10:08:28 +0000

Dear Friend,

I know that this letter may come to you as a surprise.I will like to
introduce my self to you.I am the manager of bill and exchange BANK OF
AFRICA (B.O.A) at foreign remittance department .There is a business I would
want you to champion for me.In my department we discovered an abandoned sum
of ($31.500.000 U.S) thirty one million five hundred thousands US dollars)
. In an account that belongs to one of our foreign customer who died along
with his entire family in 11th september 2001 in a plane crash.

Since we got information about the death of our deceased customer, we have
been expecting his next of kin to come over and claim his money because we
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 we
learnt that all his supposed next of kin's or relation died along side with
him at the plane crash leaving nobodybehind for the claim.

It is therefore upon this discovery that I now decided to make this
businness proposal to you and release the money to you as the next of kin or
relation to the deceased for safety and subsequent disbursement since nobody
is coming for it and we dont want this money to go into the Bank treasury as
unclaimed Bill. The Banking law and guideline here stipulates that if such
money remained unclamed after six years, the money will be transfered into
the Bank treasury as unclaimed fund.

The request of foreigner as next of kin in this business is occasioned by
the fact that the customer was a foreigner and a Burkinabe cannot stand as
next of kin to a foreigner. I agreed that 20 % of this money will be for you
as a foreign partner, in respect to the provision of a foreign account,10 %
will be set aside for expenses incured during the business and 70% would be
for me. There after I will definatelyvisit your country for disbursement
accoding to the percentages indicated.

Therefore to enable the immediate transfer of this fund to you as
arranged,you must apply first to the bank as relations or next of kin of the
deceased indicating 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.All modalities of this transaction have
been carefully worked out and once started will not take more than
fourteen(14) working days, with your full support. this transaction is 100%
risk involve no any implication and no any precaution there after.

Upon receipt of your reply, I will send to you by fax or email the text of
the application.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 thetransfer.You should
contact me immediately as soon as you receive this letter.

Trusting to hear from you immediately.

Yours faithfully,
Amidou Sokodia Mr
Bill and exchange manager,
Bank Of Africa (B.O.A)

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