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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: Mr.Ebrima Faai <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 11 Apr 2016 17:04:08 -0700
Subject: African Development Bank.

African Development Bank
399 Witch-Hazels Avenue
Highveld Ext. 78 =

Centurion South Africa

Attention: CEO.

This letter is written to you in order to change your life from today. I am=
Mr. Ebrima Faal the Director, International Remittance Department of this =
Bank, My Boss, Mr. Ousmane Dore, the Managing director of this bank is now =
on compulsory leave and all power have been vested on me to make all intern=
ational payments.

Also, due to reported cases of corrupt practices in other African Banks inc=
luding the Reserve Bank of South Africa, the South African Government has r=
evoked/canceled all power vested on those banks and has appointed our bank =
(African Development Bank South Africa) to make all foreign payments. Be in=
formed that the Government have approved the release of part-payment of $6.=
5M (Six Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars) out of your total funds, whi=
ch has been in this bank for many years unclaimed because my boss Mr. Ousma=
ne Dore, in collaboration with the Governor of Reserve Bank have refused to=
tell you the truth on how to claim your fund this is because he has been u=
sing the interest accumulated from your fund every year to enrich himself w=
ithout your knowledge.

I am here to ensure you have your payment into your bank account using the =
easiest and the quickest method, which have not been made known to you befo=
re. By this method, you will open a domiciliary account with this bank (Afr=
ican Development Bank) Your fund will be lodged into this domiciliary accou=
nt and will be paid directly into any bank of your choice. After the transf=
er, you will confirm the fund in your bank account within 5hours the same d=
ay. No Cost of Transfer (COT) and no stoppage from any Government departmen=
ts as the transfer will be done within the bank alone and it is very safe a=
nd legitimate.

You are advise to forward your

Full Name:
Your contact address:
Your phone number:
Your Occupation:
Your Sex: Male
Your Date of Birth:

To enable me open a domiciliary account for you {Be informed that opening a=
ccount is free}

Awaiting your urgent response,

Mr. Ebrima Faai
Tel: +27 742 688 600

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