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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: "Salif Mohammed" <>
Date: Tue, 13 Feb 2007 19:22:44 +0000

From: Mr Salif Mohammed.
African Development Bank (ADB)
Ouagadougou , Burkina Faso .

Dear Friend,

I Am The Manager Of Foreign Remittance And Exchange Dept At African
Development Bank (ADB). Burkina- Faso, West Africa .

In my department we discover an abandoned sum of Usd$12.6m Dollars (Twelve
Million, Six Hundred Thousand Us Dollar). In an account that belongs to one
of our foreign customer who died alongside with his entire family in a plane
crash the year 2001 that took the whole life of the passengers on board.

Since we got information about his death, the bank have been expecting his
next of kin to come over and claim his money because the bank cannot release
it unless someone applies for it as next of kin or relation to the deceased
as indicating in our banking guideline, but unfortunately we learnt that all
his supposed next of kin or relation that knows about the account
information died alongside with him at the plane crash leaving nobody behind
for the claim.
It is therefore upon this discovery that I now decided to make this business
proposal to you and for the money to be release to you as the next of kin or
relation to the deceased, since nobody will ever come for it, we do not want
this money to go into the treasury of the bank as unclaimed bill or fund.

The bank law and guideline here stipulates that if such money remained
unclaimed after six years, the money will be transferred into the bank
treasury account as unclaimed fund. The request of foreigner as next of kin
in this transaction is occasioned by the fact that the customer was a
foreigner and a citizen cannot stand as next of kin to a foreigner.
In subsequent disbursement of the money, I agree that 40% of this money will
be for you in respect of the provision you made by standing in the claim as
next of kin,10% will be set aside for expenses in cure during the
transaction on taxes that will arise and 50% would be for me.
As soon as the money hit into your account I will come over to your country
for disbursement according to the percentages indicated above.

To make the claim, you will first of all apply to the bank by sending a text
of application which I will send to you for you to fill and send to the
bank. In the application you will indicate your bank account, your private
fax and your private telephone number for easy and effective communication.

Upon receipt of your reply, I will send to you by email the text of
application which you will send to the bank. I will not fail to bring to
your notice that this transaction is hitch free and you do not entertain any
atom of fear as all required arrangements have been made for the success of
the transfer.
You should contact me immediately as soon as you receive this letter.

Hoping to hear from you immediately.


Salif Mohammed

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