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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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Fraud email example:

From: "ZONGO" <>
Date: Thu, 9 Aug 2007 05:21:34 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: More information about this transaction,get back to me immediately.

Dear Good Friend Samira,
Hopefully this email will meet you in good health. I appreciate your interest in this transaction, but I would say that your interest to assist me was rather unspecific following the brief sentences which was contained in your email, as a result of which I am quite skeptical in believing that you could be of assistance to me as a partner however, I would like you to be sure of your willingness, trustworthiness and commitment to execute this transaction with me, I cannot afford to compromise these virtues.
Presently, I am employed to this bank, As the senior manager auditor in charge of foreign remittance unite, from where I plan to finalise the execution of this transfer before I'll resign, with my position in this bank, I am promising you that if you can follow my instructions in this transaction, I am capable of completing this transaction within the period of 14 bank working days starting from the day you apply to the bank as the next of kin to the deceased customer and base on your maximum co-operation and assistance.
To let you know how serious this is, I will like you to come down to Burkina Faso and Visit my office, Bank Of Africa, this will give you the opportunity to know exactly what is my position in the bank, if you are convinced after your visit, that you have seen enough to proceed further in this transaction, then, you will continuer. Burkina Faso is a free Visas Nation; you can get your Visas at the port of entry, so you are at liberty to come down for Verification on my person and the transaction at hand.
I am of average age, married to a wife, and blessed with three children. The perfection of this transaction has so far consumed a great amount of money from me, energy and is the life line to the future of me and my family, so I do need your assistance in providing a good bank account, your co-operation both morally and financially, your trust and confidence in our ability to finalise this transfer to our mutual benefit, and your guarantee for my share of the money when the transfer has been transferred into your bank account, and my security when I do come to your country to collect my share of the money, so I will want you to think again, and inform me if you will guarantee me of all these.
DETAILS OF THE DECEASED CUSTOMERThe deceased customer died in the year 2000 of a Plane crash together with his family and his name is Mr.Andreas Schranner, from Germany, based here in Burkina Faso, he is a contractor, he also has his own construction company been, Schranner's construction company Ltd, here in Burkina Faso registered with the republic of Burkina Faso,his registration number was: FGB52/200BF/1998DC. and the amount involve in his account is US$14.5m(Fourteen million, Five hundred thousand united state dollars), based on my personal banking experience, it had happened in the pass, when a customer died and after several years the fund automatically transferred to the bank treasury as unclaimed fund, that experience ignited my thought to this venture.
Considering the money involved, it is necessary for me to be sure of the person to whom I will be entrusting this transaction, my trust is not given out lightly, I need to be convinced that you are a matured person with some integrity.
TRUST AND CONFIDENCE. I need to emphasise on the need for trust and confidence on both side as the pillar for the success of this business. you need to reassure me that you will not betray me and sit on this fund when it finally comes into your account over there, I want you to scan and send to me two pages of your international passport, Your home and office address, Your age and your marital status for the trust of this transaction, Because I will make sure that this money is been transferred to your account over there, I will also send to you the contact of the bank and the application form that you will use to contact the bank for the initiation of the claim.
What I expect from you is trust and commitment; I want this large sum of money transfer to your account over there with your assistance.It is my wish that this transaction will establish an everlasting relationship between your family and mine. It is very important that you keep this transaction secret with you please don't let any body to know about this business please.
Call me on my private number for more explanations: 00226 76429117.
Regards,Mr.William Zongo.

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