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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: "henrytigana" <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 14:32:10 +0100
Subject: From Henry Tigana

Greeting my dear,

My name is Mr.Henry Tigana, I am the regional manager of the Standard Credit
Union Bank branch, Bassam, Cote d' Ivoire.i am 44 years of age and happily
married with 3 lovely kids. It may interest you to hear that I am a man of
peace and don't want problem, I only hope we can assist each other. If you
don't want this business offer kindly forget it as I will not contact you
I have packaged a financial transaction that will benefit both of us, as the
regional manager of the Standard Credit Union Bank here in Bassam. It is my
duty to send in a financial report to my head office in Abidjan at the end
of each year. On the course of the last year 2007 end of year report, I
discovered that my branch in which I am the manager made Ten million seven
hundred fifty thousand dollars ($10,750,000.00)which my head office are not
aware of and will never be aware of.
I have since place this fund on what we call suspense account without any
beneficiary. As an officer of the bank I can not be directly connected to
this money, so this informed my contacting you for us to work so that you
can assist receive this money into your bank account for us to share.

MODE OF SHARING: 50/50 any expenses to see this deal through shall be
equally shared.
Note there are practically no risk involved, all I need from you is to stand
firm to claim the fund as the original depositor of this fund who made the
deposit with our branch, so that my Head office can order the transfer to
your designated bank account. If you accept this offer to work with me as
partner, send me immediately your full name, resident or company's address,
date of birth (DOB) and your direct telephone and fax numbers. As soon as I
receive your data I will install it in our system and you will stand as the
beneficiary of the fund.

Mr.Henry Tigana

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