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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: "MAMOD ZIK" <>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2008 19:00:45 +0000
Subject: Hello My Dear friend,

Hello My Dear friend,

How are you doing together with your entire family, I hope all is well?
Please carefully read and understand my reason of contacting you through
this email.

I am Alh.Mamuod Abdulazik. The chief Auditor Bill and Exchange Foreign
Remittance Unit African Development Bank (ADB).
Ouagadougou Burkina - Faso West Africa.

Here. I am contacting you because of an abandoned sum of Nineteen Million
Three Hundred Thousand United State Dollars. ($19.3 Million) that was
deposited by a late customer of this bank called Mr. Rafik Bahaa Edine

A very prominent man who was doing business transaction with our bank. He
was a citizen of Lebanon. This bank unfortunately lost his life through
assassinated on February 14, 2005 when explosives equivalent to around 300
kg of C4 were detonated as his motorcade drove past the Saint George Hotel
in the Lebanese capital, Beirut.

The bank has no knowledge about his death. Upon this discovery that i
decided to make this business proposal to you since the banking laws and
guidelines here stipulate that if such funds remain unclaimed here after
nine years, the money will be transferred into the Central Bank Treasury as
unclaimed fund.

My stand to contact you now is that, a foreign has the legal right to put
claim to such deposit followed by you will proof your claim with the bank.
Therefore, I want you to apply as his business partner. This transaction is
going to be a success because, a foreigner is compulsorily needed to present
himself or herself as the next of kin to this deceased bank customer and
hence the beneficiary of the fund because the fund depositor was a
foreigner. I therefore, desperately need your assistance to claim and
received this huge sum of money into your account.

For the assistance in this transaction, you will be entitled to 40% of the
total fund in respect of the provision of your bank account and the
assistance you are to render on the process. 55% would be for me as the
originator and initiator of the transaction, and the rest 5% will be used to
off-set any minor expenses which may arise during the process of
transferring the fund into your account. I and my entire family will leave
here immediately for your country in order to share the profits and we also
invest part of my own share over there, as soon as the fund is transferred
into your account.

Please endeavour to keep this transaction very secret and highly
confidential because i will lose my work here as bank staff, where the bank
authority here finds out that you and I are collaborating in this "Special
Deal". Please also be rest-assured that this business is 100% risk-free, and
all the information and data's you will need to make successful claim of
this fund in the bank here are fully ready with me here.

Note Well: Please urgently confirm your willingness and interest to assist
me by filling and sending back to me the needed information below.

1. Your full name:
2. Your phone Telephone and fax numbers :
3. Your age:
4. Your sex:
5. Your occupation:
6. Your country and city:

Thanks and best regards.
Alh.Mamuod Abdulazik.

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