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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.Vincent Ogem <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 30 May 2009 10:19:02 +0000
Subject: (Can I Give You This Trust?)

(Can I Give You This Trust?)
Please Confidential
Greeting's to you
I know that this message will come as a surprise to you since we don’t know each other, but for the purpose of introduction I am (Mr Vincent Ogem) and I am Credit and audits manager and currently holding the F.O.M. in our bank of Africa Development Bank Ouagadougou Burkina Faso (A.D.B)

I have a business proposal in the tune of of ($4.800,000.00, only)In my department, I discover an abandoned sum of ($4.8)in an account that belong to one of our foreign customer who died many years ago.

And I have gone through his file through my investigation and find out assassination on February 14 2002 when explosives equivalent to around 300kg of C4 were detonated as his motorcade drove past the saint George hotel in the Lebanese capital.

Also this fund has been dormant for many years in this bank, I sure you that there is know risk and you should not have any fear in your mind since all the whole information about this fund is with me, also our rules is any fund like this that enter dormant for many years will transfer to the bank treasure, now I don’t want this fund divert to the bank fund. Please I needed your assist.

I have the opportunity of transferring the left over funds to your account, are you willing to help me secure this fund to your account, I agree that 40% of this money will be for you, and 2% will be set aside for expenses incurred during the business and 58% would be for me.

Should you be interested, please contact me through my private number and email, So we can commence all arrangements and I Will give you more information on how we would handle this project (
Mr.Vicent Ogem +226-76-32-96-44

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