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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:

Date: Fri, 09 Aug 2013 13:01:19 +0200
Subject: Dear Friend,Reply here

>From Mr.Benson Kolom
Bill & Exchange Manager
African Development Bank (ADB)
Burkina Faso.
Direct Phone No; 00226 78 36 6

Dear Friend,

I am Mr.Benson Kolom ,I work with the Bill & Exchange department African Development Bank
(ADB) Ouagadougou Burkina Faso. I have a business which will be beneficial to both of us?
The amount of money involved is ($9 Million US Dollars) which i want to transfer out of
the country to you’re bank account, all to my financial benefit and yours too.

This money is owned by a man called MR.STEVE MOORE a
business commercialism in west-African regions. He has been dead since six years ago and
since then no claim has been placed on his bank account balance. I want to transfer this
money out of the country but such fund cannot be
transferred without a next of kin attached to the fund. The fund could be transferred in
this way; you shall present yourself as business associates to the deceased person [Mr
Steve Moore] as
details shall be that you are the care-taker business associates to Mr. Steve Moore and
his properties.

I shall make available to you materials and information with which a successful claim
shall be placed on the fund. I shall be your guidance and instructor throughout the
duration of this transaction so as to ensure a swift and sure transfer of the fund to
your bank account.

As to your benefits, you shall be entitled to 40% of this fund for your co-operation in
this transaction while 5% will be set aside for expenses both of us incurred during the
course of this transaction. so if you are interested, please treat this business with
utmost confidentiality and call me for more talks.

Please this business must strictly be a deal between both
of us and feel free to call me on my Private Telephone No. 00226 78 36 6 Take note that
both of us will incur any expense occur. If you are capable and ready indicate your
willingness by sending the under listed information's:

(1)Your Full Name:
(2)Your age.
(3)Your occupation
(4)Your marital status
(5)Your full residential address.
(6)Your direct phone and fax numbers.
(7)Your Country of Origin:

Reply-to private Email:

Kind regards,
>From Mr.Benson Kolom Dear Friend,Reply here

Une messagerie gratuite, garantie à vie et des services en plus, ça vous tente ?
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