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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: Kafando <>
Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2011 04:55:35 +0100 (BST)
Subject: How are you today........?

Dear friend

It will be a surprise for you to receive this mail. I am Mr Albert Kafando, the director of the account & auditing dept, at the African Development Bank (ADB) Ouagadougou Burkina Faso West Africa.

I need your urgent assistance in transferring the sum of $5.5m us dollars out from (ADB) into your bank account in your country as the real next of kin to our foreign client who died on a sudden motor accident along Togo road on his way back to Burkina Faso with his entire family his wife and his only child on 6th Nov. 2003.

Pls i need urgent transfer of this fund immediately to your account to enable me and my family come down to meet you in your country for my own shear from the total amount with you according to the percentage agreed and also invest with you if your country is good for both of us to make and establishment with the fund when the fund enter into your bank account.

(1) Age....................................

(2) Residential adress..............

(3) Occupation.........................

(4) Private telephone.............

I am waiting for your urgent response!!!

Thanks and remain blessed.

Mr Albert Kafando.

African Development Bank

(ADB) Burkina Faso.

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