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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: "farukbua" <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 12:05:50 -0700
Subject: Dear Friend,Can I give you this trust?v

Dear Friend,Can I give you this trust?

From: Bully Faruk.

Dear Friend,

I have a proposal for you, this however is not mandatory nor will I in any
manner compel you to honour the content against your will. I am Bully Faruk,
I work with a bank (BOA bank in Burkina Faso). Here in this bank exists a
dormant account for the past 6 years which belongs to an American national
who is now late, Mr. John Cuthbertson, who died on

Alaska Airlines on Alaska Airline Flight 261 in January 31, 2000. Reference:

When I discovered that there had been no deposits or withdrawals from this
account for this long period, I decided to carry out a system investigation
and discovered that none of the family members nor relations of the late
person is aware of this account. Now I want an account overseas where the
bank will transfer this fund.

Thereafter, I will destroy all related documents to this account. It is a
careful network and for the past eleven months I have worked out everything
to ensure a hitch-free operation. The amount plus all the accumulated
interest is US$20,500,000.00 (Twenty million, Five hundred thousand US
Dollars only).

Now my questions are: -
1. Can you handle this project?
2. Can I give you this trust?
3. What will be your commission if you can facilitate the movement of this
fund to your account?

Consider these and get back to me as soon as possible with your
private telephone and fax
corresponding postal

Finally, it is my humble request that the information as contained herein
be accorded with every confidentiality and the necessary secrecy it deserves
If this is okay by you, get back to me so that I can give you details and
process of the transactions.

We shall also negotiate the percentage sharing ratio of funds.

Respectfully yours,

Yours Sincerely,
Bully Faruk

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