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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:

Date: Thu, 11 Feb 2010 12:28:22 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Good days to you,

Good days to you,
Please kindly accept my apology for sending you this email without your consent.
i am Mr.Mohammed Abid,
The director in charge of auditing and accounting section of  African Development Bank  Ouagadougou Burkina-faso in West Africa .I am writing to request your assistance to transfer the sum of  €12.215M (Tewleve million Two hundred and fifteen thousand Euro) into your norminated bank account.The above sum belongs to our deceased customer who died along with his entire family in a plane crash,for  more information about  the Air Crash you can visit the CNN web news
 and since then the fund has been dormant here in my bank.More details  with the official bank application form will be forwarded to you immediately you show your willingness and capability of handling this transaction. if you are really interested in my proposal...
Have a nice day.
Mr.Mohammed Abid

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