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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Kevin Sanduru" <>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2008 12:01:14 +0200
Subject: From: Mr Kevin Sanduru

From: Mr Kevin Sanduru
African Development Bank
Burkina Faso (ADB)
Ouagadougou - Burkina Faso .

Dear friend,

I am writting to seek your coperation over this business, Please due welcome
this letter.

I am Mr Kevin Sanduru the director of the accounts & auditing dept .at the
African Development Bank Ouagadougou-west Africa . (A D B) With due respect,
I have decided to contact you on a business transaction that will be
beneficial to both of us.

At the bank's last accounts/auditing evaluations, my staffs came across an
old account which was being maintained by a foreign client who we learnt was
among the deceased passengers of motor accident on November. 2003, the
deceased was unable to run this account since his death. The account has
remained dormant without the knowledge of his family since it was put in a
safe deposit account in the bank for future investment by the client.

Since his demise, even the members of his family haven't applied for claims
over this fund and it has been in the safe deposit account until I
discovered that it cannot be claimed since our client is a foreign national
and we are sure that he has no next of kin here to file claims over the
money. As the director of the department, this discovery was brought to my
office so as to decide what is to be done. I decided to seek ways through
which to transfer this money out of the bank and out of the country too.

The total amount in the account is ten million five hundred thousand dollars
(USD 10,500,000.00).with my positions as staffs of the bank, I am
handicapped because I cannot operate foreign accounts and cannot lay
bonafide claim over this money. The client was a foreign national and you
will only be asked to act as his next of kin and I will supply you with all
the necessary information and bank data to assist you in being able to
transfer this money to any bank of your choice where this money could be
transferred into.

I have decided to give away forty (40%) to you for your assistance and ten
(10%) for any expenses that might arise during the transaction of this
transfer, I want to assure you that this transaction is absolutely risk free
since I work in this bank that is why you should be confident in the success
of this transaction because you will be updated with information as at when

I will wish you to keep this transaction secret and confidential as I am
hoping to retire with my share of this money at the end of transaction which
will be when this money is safety in your account. I will then come over to
your country for sharing according to the previously agreed percentages. You
might even have to advise me on possibilities of investment in your country
or elsewhere of our choice. May God help you to help me to a restive
retirement, Amen.

Please for further information and enquiries feel free to contact me
I am waiting for your urgent response!!!

Thanks and remain blessed.
Mr Kevin Sanduru

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