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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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Fraud email example:

Date: Fri, 4 Jun 2010 02:36:20 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Your Urgent Attention Is Needed



 Banque Atlantique Cote D’Ivoire (BA-CI).

 Avenue du Général de Gaulle Plateau

 04 BP 1036 Abidjan 04 Cote D’Ivoire,

 Swift: ATCICIAB telex: 23834 BANKAT.





    My name is Michelle Bamba, personal account manager to late Engineer/Contractor (Ross McIntosh) of a U.S.A citizen who died as a result of an Industrial accident in the Petrol Chemical Company here in Abidjan Cote D’ Ivoire.


I am soliciting your assistance to come forward as the Next of Kin  for the procuring of an outstanding sum of US$6.580,000,000 .00, (Six Million Five Hundred and Eighty Thousand Dollars), which has been lying idle in a trust account with our bank.


 There is no risk involved in this deal, since it will be a secret between us. Everything will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law, and with me the personal account manager to the deceased, I am going to help in nominating you the beneficiary / Next of Kin to the deposit since the funds has overstayed and due for recovery, otherwise be covered by the bank as an unclaimed bill and be returned to the government treasury volt for their usage.




The said fund was deposited by my late client Engr. (McIntosh), a contractor in the Petrol Chemical Company petrol D’Ivoire (PETROL.CI), and also an Investor, who deal on Coffee Cocoa as an exporter which is the major natural resources here in Abidjan Cote D’Ivoire. The account is operated through me his personal account Manager / Financial adviser, Since the death of my client, no body has come forward for the claiming of his funds, thus i decided to look for a foreign partner who will be capable to receive this fund in his or her bank account overseas as the Next of Kin to my late client to enable the bank release the funds to you on behalf of my client.



The account balance as at today stands at US$6.580, 000.000.00, (Six Million Five Hundred And Eighty Thousand Dollars) the a/c name is "R- McIntosh" a/c N° Ba-Ci -0028736509-55 , Swift-Code: BACSSS-TT 005 .However, prior to the death of my client  Engr. McIntosh, he has instructed our / my unit (Special Depository Trust Account ) through our bank's Director to make transfer arrangements of the said fund with one of his  International banks for his up keeping as he was about to relocate back to United States due to the Financial Instabilities and political crisis here then in Abidjan Cote D'Ivoire and  owing to the circumstances surrounding the death of my client, the transfer arrangements / schedule was suspended and since then no one has come forward to claim this fund.


Please consider this and get back to me with your complete contact information’s for further Proceedings / further details.


Thanking you in anticipations of a favourable urgent response. 




 Michelle Bamba.






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