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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: Mon, 7 Jul 2008 22:43:40 +0200

From The Desk Of,
Dr. Fusa G Aballo
Head Of Operations.
Bank Of Africa Benin (BOA)
Hotline: + 229 98533 554.

Dear Friend,


I am delighted to contact you on a private note based on your funds claim,
which was re-deposited in Bank of Africa Benin and has been programmed for
transfer into your designated bank account through my department. I
apologize to you for the delay in releasing these funds into your account,
which was caused by me because of breach of agreement between me and your so
called partners.

They agreed that they would give me the sum of US$200,000 (CASH) on my
acceptance to assist them transfer the funds into your account.

As I made some fruitful efforts on the business and demanded my
US$200,000.00 as agreed.

Your partners deviated from the agreement and decided to outsmart me and go
through the International Remittance Department - IRD, not knowing that the
IRD is under my control. I got the knowledge of their evil plans and proved
their efforts abortive. That was why you may have been pursing this
payment, spending unnecessary funds to some fraudulent individuals and
impostors who claimed to be in charge.

I am also aware that they now contact you and parade themselves as staffs
and managements of various banks, some even claim to be Barristers of
different kinds and some also go as far as claim to be me Dr. Fusa G Aballo.
They are all decieving them selves and will not be able to get the funds out
the Bank Of Africa Benin as far as I am concerned. I henceforth advice you
to suspend any dealings from any group of person(s) either from the BOA or
any other financial institution / parastatals in Benin or overseas.

And also on no account must you let them know of my contact with you. The
fund which you are the righful beneficiary, is still floating in your names
in BOA and under my control, waiting for a proper documentation and claim.
Now with my whole heart I want to enter into real business with you on a
sincere agreement. 1. On an agreement, I assure you that I will transfer the
funds US$3.9 million into your account. ( Three million nine hundred
thousand US dollars ). That is the original sum, not previous as mentioned
by your so called partners.

2. You will assure me of keeping my dealings with you to an utmost secrecy
because of my position in the government.

3. You will promise to remit 30% of the total funds to me as soon as the
fund gets into your account with a written promissory note signed by you.
Thanks for adhering to this instruction. As soon as you receive this email,
call me via my hotline + 229 98533 554.or email via my private mail:

I await your favourable response for more details.

God bless you.

Dr. Fusa G Aballo.
Head Of Operations.
Bank Of Africa Benin (BOA)
Hotline: + 229 98533 554.

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