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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: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2008 13:35:50 +0200
Subject: =?iso-8859-1?Q?Business_proposal?=

Dear Prospective collaborator,
I am Mr. michaelwest, Director allocation departments
from the (Diamond Bank Benin Repoblic ) Ganhi branch.
My office monitors and controls the affairs of all
banks and financial institutions in Benin Repoblic
concerned with foreign claim payments.
I am the final signatory to any transfer or remittance
of huge funds moving within banks both on the local
and international levels in line with foreign claim
I have before me list of funds, which could not be
transferred to some nominated accounts as these
accounts have been identified either as ghost
accounts, unclaimed deposits and over-invoiced sum
0n this note, I wish to have a deal with you as
regards to an unpaid fund. I have a file before me
and the data's are correct and un-tampered.
As it is my duty to recommend the transfer of these
surplus bfunds to the Federal Government Treasury and
Reserve Accounts as unclaimed deposits, Among several
others, I have decided to remit your claim sum following
my idea that we can have a deal/agreement and I am going
to do this legally.
My conditions:
1. The sum of USD$15.7M only will be transfer into
your account after the proccessing of all relevant
legal documents with your name as the bonafide
beneficiary, the transfer will be made by Draft or
telegraphic transfer (T/T), confirmable in 3 working days.
2. This deal must be kept secret forever, and all
correspondence will be strictly by email /
telephone,for security purposes.
3. There should be no third parties as most problem
associated with your fund release are caused by your
agents or representative.
If you AGREE with my conditions,l advise you to send
the following:
A: Your Full name and address .....................
B: Your direct telephone number ...................
C: Sex ..........
D: Occupation.............
E. Country..................
And the transfer will commence without delay as I
will proceed to fix your name on the Payment
schedule instantly to meet the three days mandate.
I hope you don't reject this offer and have this
funds transferred.
Waiting for your reply soon.
Mr michaelwest
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