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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: Abdoul Raheem <>
Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2012 04:47:28 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Request for a corporate business partnership.

Dear friend,

I have decided to use this medium to contact you today for a corporate business partnership and international relationship. However strange or surprising this contact might seem to you, as we have not met face to face nor had any dealings in the past. I humbly ask you take due consideration of its importance and the immense benefit it will be to you and I in the very nearest future. But, on the other hand, I duly apologize for infringing on your privacy if this offer and contact is not acceptable to you.

In a nut shell, the purpose of my writing to you is that I want to pull out an unclaimed deposited funds, amounted to the total sum of seven million five hundred thousand Euros that belong to one of our late customers who died in a ghastly auto accident along with his entire family here in Burkina Faso some years back.

Ever since we gathered the information about his death, we have been expecting any of his relatives or business associates to visit our bank and put claim over the said funds, but up till this time of writing no next of kin or associate of him has come forward to claim his funds with us. Hence, I decided to contact you today for your capable, reliable assistance and maximum cooperation to transfer the funds out from our country into yours for a solid investment between two of us in the very nearest future.

As it may interest you to know, for your future cooperation and maximum efforts, 35% of the money will be for you as my foreign partner, 64% of it will be for me and one of my colleagues that will eventually visit your country for disbursement and investment of our funds portion, while 1% will be set aside for expenses incurred during the business, most especially telephone communication bills.

To be more honest and candid with you, I need your maximum assistance and co-operation to get this deal done, because as a foreigner you stand in a very better position to be presented through documentation as the business associate from your country since the deceased was also a foreigner. In this regard, I want you to assure me of your capability of handling this transaction perfectly with trust and confidence by giving me the following information about yourself:

1) Your full name.
2) Your residential and postal address
3) Your occupation and position.
4) Your age.
5) Your marital status.
6) Your direct telephone and fax number for quicker and effective communication.

As a matter of fact, it is pertinent to also inform you that all modalities and logistics are in good shape to effect payment into your nominated bank account as soon as you applied to our bank as a claimant. So, advisably, I will prefer all further communication and future correspondences in English language. Meanwhile, I strongly advise that you treat this communication with top maturity and confidentiality for future prospect.

Most importantly, I pray and implore you to kindly reply me as soon as you received this email. And above all, upon receipt of your quick and positive response, I will equally send you all the necessary vital information concerning the deceased person himself, details information of the paying bank here in Burkina Faso and all other coverage that you might needed to achieve 100% success at the end of the day.

I look forward to your quick and positive response / acceptance. Thank you for the common understanding and future cooperation.

Yours faithfully,

Mr. Abdul RAHEEM.

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