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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:

From: dr_razaikadams <>
Date: Mon, 5 Jul 2010 12:56:07 GMT
Subject: From Dr_Razaik Adams

From Dr_Razaik Adams
Audits & Accounts Dept Bank
of Africa B.O.A Ouagadougou
Burkina Faso West Africa.
Private Number..+22675743540
Dear Friend,
                           Greeting's to you and your entire family!
I am Dr_Razaik Adams, a banker with the above mentioned bank in Ouagadougou Burkina Faso in West Africa, holding the post as Manager Audit & Accounts dept.
On 21 July, 2003, one Mr Morris Thompson,an American who base in Lebanor, An Astute Business man of international repute, a contract with ECOWAS country, whose endeavors spans various areas of Business interest, (Real estate, contract and Farming .etc) made a numbered time (Fixed) Deposit, valued at $25,000..000.00 (Twenty Five Million, United States Dollars) for twelve calendar months in my Bank Branch.
Upon Maturity, we sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but got no reply. After a month, we sent a reminder and finally we discovered from his company that Mr. Morris Thompsom involve in a plane, which crashed that happened on the 21 July 2003 in Kenyan city of sumbaru.
After further investigation, it was discovered that he died without making a WILL and all attempts to trace his next of kin proved fruitless,On further investigation, it was discovered that Late Mr. Morris Thompson did not declare any next of kin or relatives in all his official documents, including his Bank Deposit paper deposited here in our Bank.
The total sum of $(25,000.000.00)tweenty five million united state dollars is still in my bank and the interest is being rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each year, All efforts to trace and locate his next of kin proved abortive.
In accordance with the country’s  banking laws and constitution guiding this banking institution stated that  after  the expiration of a period of time, if no body or person comes for the claim as the next of kin , such  money will be revert to the Burkina Faso government  treasury if nobody applies as the next of Kin to claim of the fund. Consequently, It is upon this respect, I seek to present you  since no one will come up for the claim.
Upon acceptance of this proposal, I shall send to you by mail the (B.O.A) Bank "Next of Kin Payment Application Text Form" as well as detailed information on how this deal would be carried out..
The money will be sheared between us in the ratio: 60% for me, 40% percent for you. I guarantee that this will be executed under legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law, as I will use my position in the Bank  here to perfect this business transaction & secure Approvals and guarantee the successful execution of this transaction.
Please be informed that your utmost confidentiality is required. I want to remind you of the confidentiality of this Transaction at hand whatever your decision is.
I await your urgent response. Your detailed reply should contain your,
1) Full Name..............
2) Age......................
3) Occupation...........
4) Telephone Number...
5) Fax Number............
6) Country/Contact Address...
for easier communication and onward proceeding.i will advice you keep this transfer with ultmost secret for smoot and safe processing of the transfer into your bank account,
Best Regards
Dr_Razaik Adams

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