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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: "Dr. Fusa G Aballo" <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 21:46:19 +0200
Subject: Beneficiary Funds.

From The Desk Of,
Dr. Fusa G Aballo
Head Of Operations.
Bank Of Africa Benin (BOA)
Hotline: + 229 975 612 25

Dear Friend,

Due to the nature of my job as the ( Head Of Operations - Bills for
collection ), I have an urgent and confidential proposition and I hope it
will be of great benefit to us.

I have to be brief about it. And if you are not willing just say "No thank

"On June 6, 1997, an Iraqi Foreign Oil consultant / contractor with the
British Petroleum Co-operation Mr. Al-nafs Al-zakiyya made a numbered time (
Fixed deposit ) for 36 calendar months, valued GBP in my branch.

Upon maturity in 2000, I sent a routine notification to his forwarding
address but got no reply. After a month, we sent a reminder and finally we
discovered from his contract employers, the British petroleum corporation
that Mr. Al-nafs Al-zakiyya died as a result of a car bomb in dealings with
Sadam Hussein during one of his trips to his country (Iraq). On further
investigation, I found out that he died without making a WILL, and all
attempts to trace his next of kin was fruitless.

I therefore made further investigation and discovered that Mr.Al-nafs
Al-zakiyya did not declare any next of kin or relation in all his official
documents, including his Bank Deposit paper work in my Bank.

This sum of £6.5 million GPB has been floating as unclaimed since 2000 in
the bank as all efforts to get his relatives have hit the rocks.

According to the Benin law at the expiration of 8 (eight) years, the money
will revert to the ownership of the Government of the Republic of Benin if
nobody applies to claim the fund and the eight years is the end of December

Consequently, I want to seek your consent to stand in as the owner to this
value as the next of kin to the deceased to enable the bank transfer the
funds to your designated account. All documents and proves to enable
retrieve this fund will be carefully worked out.

I have secured from the probate an order of mandamus to locate any of the
deceased beneficiaries, and more so I am assuring you that this is risk free
involvement. Your share stays while the rest be for me and for investment
purpose, as I will leave Benin by the end of the year.

The sharing of the funds will be based According to agreement between { both
of us } that is, you and me. As soon as I receive an acknowledgement of
receipt of this message in acceptance of our mutual proposal, I will furnish
you with the necessary modalities and disbursement ratio to suit both
parties without any conflict. If this proposal is acceptable by you, do not
take undue advantage of the trust I have bestowed to contact you via email.

Do reply via my personal email address with your email and phone number so I
will furnish you with the relevant details.

I await your favourable response.

God bless you.

Dr. Fusa G Aballo.
Head Of Operations.
Bank Of Africa Benin (BOA)
Hotline: + 229 975 612 25.

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