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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: Sun, 23 Oct 2011 18:15:47 +0800 (SGT)

My Dearest Friend,
I hope all is well with you and your family,
I am glad to know you, but God knows you better and he knows why he has directed me to you at this point in time so do not be afraid, this is an urgent business from MR. PAUL MADI, I apologize if the contents in this mail are contrary to your moral ethics, which I feel may be of great disturbance to your personal life, but please treat with absolute secrecy and personal. I pray that this email reaches you in the best of health.

I am MR. PAUL MADI, The chief auditor in bank of Africa (boa) Burkina Faso West African, One of our customers, with his entire family was among the victims of plane crash and for more about the crash you can visit the BBC web news for the tragedy. dollars (twenty seven million two hundred thousand us dollars) in our bank and according to the Burkina Faso law, at the expiration of five years if no body applies to claim the funds a grace of thirty (30) days wis/england/ oxfordshire/4537663.stm before his death, he has an account with us valued at $27.2m ull be given before the money will revert to the ownership of the Burkina Faso government.
My proposal is that i will like you as a foreigner to stand in as the next of kin or distant cousin for us to claim this money, so that the fruits of this old man's labour will not get into the hands of some corrupt government officials who will later use the money to sponsor war in Africa and kill innocent citizens in the search for political power.

As a foreign partner which this money will be transfer into your account, you Are entitle to 40% of the total money why 55% will be for me as the moderator of this transaction and 5% is been mapped out for any expenditure that may be incur during the course of this transaction.
Please note that there will be no problem as my bank has made all effort through to reach for any of his relation but all was fruitless. My position as the chief auditor in this bank guarantees the successful execution of this (deal) transaction. This money will be shared on agreed percentage which must be written in the agreement of personal trusteeship, once the fund is transferred to your account in your country or anywhere else. If not interested please destroy the mail because of the confidentiality attached to it.

I promise that this transaction will be done under a legitimate arrangement that will protect both of us from any breach of the law. if you are interested and wish to assist me please feel free to contact immediately and send the following:
1)your full name...2)sex...3)age...4)country...5)passport or photo...6)occupation...7)personal Mobile number...8)personal fax number...9)Home & office Address....

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