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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: "Mr.Jibrin Isah" <>
Date: Wed, 03 Sep 2008 10:11:09 +0000

From: Mr.Jibrin Isah.
African Development Bank PLC.

Dear Friend,

Let me start by introducing myself. I am Mr.Jibrin Isah, In charge of Treasury and Financial Institutions of my Bank, African Development Bank PLC.

I have an obscured business suggestion for you. One of our accounts with a holding balance of Money Valued USD$35,000,000.00 (Thirty Five Million Dollars Only) has been dormant and has not been operated for the past eight years.

From my investigations and confirmations, the owner of this account Mr.Andreas Schranner a citizen of Germany who perished in a plane crash [Concorde
Air Flight AF4590] with the whole passengers aboard on 31 July2000. And for your perusal you can view this web site: and since then nobody has done anything as regards the claiming of this money because he has no family members who are aware of the existence of the account nor the funds.

Also Information from the National Immigration stated that he was also single on entry into the Country.

I have secretly discussed this matter with some of the bank officials and we agreed to find a reliable foreign partner to deal with. In fact we could have done this deal alone but because of our position in this country as public servants,we are not allowed to operate a foreign account and that would eventually raise an eye brows on our side during the time of transfer since we still work in this bank, this is the actual reason why we required a second party or fellow who will assist us forward claims as the next of kin with informations which will be made available to you.

This transaction is totally risk and trouble free as the fund is legitimate and does not originate from drugs, money laundering, terrorism or any other illegal act.

The sharing of the fund between us, is as follows; 40% of the total sum will go to you for your effort and commitment to the success of this transaction. 60% for me and my colleague's.

Best Regards,
Mr.Jibrin Isah.

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