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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: karim tunde <>
Date: Wed, 30 Apr 2008 13:23:05 +0000
Subject: =?windows-1256?Q?CALL_FOR_HELP(URGENT)00229_97_39_98_70=FE?=

PHONE:00229 97 39 98 70

Dear friend,

I am a staff of file and computer department of AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK (ADB).I am writing to you following an impressive information about you through an internet business proposal.I decided to introduce this business opportunity to you. In my departmentn we discovered an abandoned sum of US$30M (THIRTY MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS).In one account that belongs to one of our foreign customer who died along with his entire family in a plane crash.
Since we got this information about his death, we have been expecting his next of kin to come over and claim his money because the bank 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 or relation died alongside with him in the plane crash leaving nobody behind for the claim. Therefore, it is upon this discovery that we decided to make this business proposal to you and release this 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 don’t want the bank to turn this money into the Bank treasury asunclaimed Bill. The Banking law and guideline here stipulates that if such money remaines unclamed after four years, the money will be transfered into the Bank treasury as unclaimed fund.
The bank request of foreigner as next of kin in this business is occasioned in the fact that the customer was a foreigner and a Benin cannot stand as next of kin to a foreigner.
we agree that 30 % of this money will be for you as foreign partner, in respect to the provision of a foreign account, 5 % will be set aside for expenses incured during the business and 65 % would be for me and my colleagues.
There after we will visit your country for sharing according 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 relation or next of kin of the deceaded person, indicating your bank name, your bank account number, your private telephone and fax number for easy and effective communication and location where the money will be remitted. Upon receiption of your reply, I will send to you by fax or email the text of the application that you will fill and send to the bank to approve the transfer of this money to any destination you present to the bank.All the documents for smooth transfer will be send to you upon the receiption of your reply and this transaction is hitch free and that you should not entertain any atom of fear as all required arrangements have been made for this transfer.
You should contact me immediately as soon as you receive this letter. Trusting to hear from you immediately. Your’s faithfully, MR.KARIMTUNDEAFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK ADB
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