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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: "omra.tanko3" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 10:04:11 +0000

Ouagadougou Burkina Faso.
PHONE NUMBER +226 78 24 05 87
This message might meet you in utmost surprise. However, it's just my
urgent need for foreign partner made me to contact you for this transaction.
I got your contact from yahoo tourist search when I was searching for a
foreign partner. I assured of your capability and reliability to champion
this business opportunity when I prayed to God or Allah about you.

I am Mr.Omra Tanko the Audit Manager & Accounts dept. in the Ecobank (ECBF).
I am writing to request your assistance to transfer the sum of $19.300,
000.00 (Nineteen Million, Three Hundred Thousand United States dollars) into
your accounts. The above sum belongs to our deceased customer late Mr.
Nicolas Francois from Paris France who died along with his entire family in
the Egyptians plane crash on January 6,2004 and since then the fund has been
in a suspense account.

After my further investigation, I discovered that Mr Nicolas Francois died
with his next of kin and according to the laws and constitution guiding this
banking institution stated that after the expiration of (5) five years, if
no body or person comes for the claim as the next of kin, the fund will be
channel into national treasury as unclaimed fund. Because of the static of
this transaction I want you to stand as the next of kin so that our bank
will accord you the recognition and have the fund transfer to your account.

The total sum will be shared as follows: 50% for me, 50% for you and
expenses incidental occur during the transfer will be incur by both of us.
The transfer is risk free on both sides hence you are going to follow my
instruction till the fund transfer to your account.

More details information with the text of application form will be forwarded
to you to breakdown explaining comprehensively what require of you.

Your Full Name............................
Your Sex.................................
Your Age.................................
Your Country..............................
Your Occupation..........................
Your Personal Mobile Number....................

Please indicate your willingness by sending the above information for more
clarification and easy communication.
Trusting to hear from you immediately.
Thanks & Best Regards,
Mr.Omra Tanko.

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