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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 MOHAM YAYA" (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2011 08:20:20 -0000
Subject: Transfer to your account from Moham Yaya.

Transfer account from needed Mr Moham Yaya.
TEL:+ 00228-9124789

Urgent Attention,

I have a proposal for you - this however is not mandatory nor will I

in any manner compel you to honour against your will. I am 50, and

work with a bank (one of the African leading banks in the West Coast).

Here in this bank existed a dormant account for the past 8 years which

belong to a American national who is now late Mr.Raymond Beck Mrs.

Dorene Beck who died on Egypt Air Flight 990 When I discovered

that there had been no deposits nor withdrawals from this account for

this long period, I decided to carry out a system investigation and

discovered that non of the family member nor relations of the late

person is aware of this
account.This is the story in a nutshell. Now I want an account

overseas where the bank will transfer this funds.
Thereafter, I had planned to destroy all related documents for this

account. It is a careful network and for the past eleven months I have

worked out everything to ensure a hitch-free operation.
The amount is not so much at the moment and plus all the accumulated
interest the balance in this account stands at-(US$ 9.5 million US


Now our questions are:-
1. Can you handle this project?
2. Can I give you this trust?
3. What will be your commission?

If you can sponsor this transfer Consider this and get back at us as

soon as possible. Finally, it is my humble prayer that the information

as contained herein be accorded the necessary attention, urgency as

well as the secrecy it deserves. I Expect your urgent response if you

can handle this project. Call me at this direct line +228-

9124789 after sending a mail for
confirmation.If you need an urgent response send an email.
Respectfully yours,

Mr Moham Yaya

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