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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: Ali Bhaki <>
Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2012 22:39:59 +0800 (SGT)
Subject: ATTN: CEO,


Request for Urgent Transfer Of The Sum Of TWENTY FIVE MILLION THREE

HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS {US$25,300,000.00} Only, Into Your Account.

I Am The Deputy Director Of Finance, Foreign Payment Approval Dept. Of West African Monetary Control Board (Wamcb). North-West Regional Office.Burkina Faso. My Office Oversee All Developmental Projects Financed By The Economic Community Of West African States (Ecowas). Within This Zone (Burkina Faso,Benin,Cape Verde,Gambia,Ghana,Guinea,Guinea-Bissau,Ivory Coast,Liberia,Mali,Niger,Nigeria,Senegal,Sierra Leone.Togo ).With Reference To An Introduction And Recommendation Of You By A Friend Who Works In The Burkina Faso Chambers Of Commerce And Industry, I Do Hereby; Wish To Commence Talk With You On A Highly Confidential Level. After Due Consultations, I Have Decided To Contact You In Order To Arrange For A Possible Transfer Of The Sum Of Nine Million Three Hundred Thousand Dollars (US$25.300.000.00) Into Your Account. This Money Is A Subject Of An Over Inflated Sum Acquired From Contracts Awarded By My Agency In The Past Years.

The Original Contractors Have However, Been Paid And All Projects Executed By Then Commissioned. This Over Inflated Amount Can Not Be Withdrawn Locally From The Paying Bank Because The Contractors Concerned Are Foreign Firms. As A Matter Of Trust, Honesty And Secrecy, I Have Decided To Contact You As To Assist Me Provide An Account For This Transaction If You Have Accepted To Assist And Fully Participate In This Transaction, Kindly Furnish Me With The Necessary Information Such As

Bank Name/
Bank Address/

Account Number/

Account Name/
Swift Code/
Name and your full address/
Scanned copy of your identity card/

With This Information Provided, The Said Sum Will Be Transfer To Your Account Without Difficulties The Terms Of Sharing The Money After A Successful Transfer Will Be Discuss As You Indicate Your Interest In Assisting To Transfer This Money. Immediately All These Information Gets To Me, I Will Then Present Every Document To The Paying Bank And The Copy Will Be Send To You For Verification And Record Purposes. Be Rest Assured With My Connections, Everything Will Be Through Within A Short Time. After Many Years Of Meticulous Services To The Government And People Of Our Sub Region I Would Not Want My Image To Be Dented. Therefore I Expect You To Handle This Transaction With Utmost Maturity By Keeping Everything Secret. I Can Assure You That If My Instructions Are Carefully Adhered To, There Will Not Be Any Hitch Through Out The Transaction, There Is No Risk On Your Side, Because I Have Perfected The Deal Very Well Over Years. After The Transfer, We Will Be
Coming Over To Your Country For Further Sharing And Possible Investments.

I'm waiting to Read from You Urgently through the Electronic Mail Address

Mr Ail Bhaki.

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