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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:

From: Compliments of the day my dear friend <>
Date: Tue, 28 Sep 2021 23:25:11 +0200
Subject: Foreign Operations Department African Development Bank

Compliments of the day my dear friend
Foreign Operations Department
African Development Bank
Togo, West Africa.

Attention: Dear,

I want to drop you a quick note because I did not hear back from you
concerning the information I sent you the other day. In case you did not
receive the letter introducing my intent My name is Mrs Ann Dennis, I am
the regional manager of African Development Bank Lome branch in the
western region of Togo.

Sequel to the release of the third quarter financial report, ending
December, 2020, I discovered that my branch made Eighteen Million Five
hundred thousand united state dollars ($18.5m) from the transactions
accruing to the account of the Inland Revenue Service (IRS).I intentionally
delayed the fund until now to make sure I cleared all link to this money
before contacting you and is absolutely free from any Drug Trafficking and
Anti-terrorist link and can be converted into any type of Currency of your
choice before the effect of the transfer.

But before that I have diverted the funds into what the bank called Escrow
Call Account with no beneficiary. Meanwhile as you know I cannot be
directly connected to this money for obvious reasons. So my contacting you
is to assist me receive the funds in your bank account in your
country;which I know is possible if you liaise properly with me and I
guarantee you get 40% of the total funds as your benefit, for helping me to
pull the fund out. The transfer would be via swift and it will be a
Bank-to-Bank wire transfer. All I need from you is to stand claim as the
original depositor of this fund. I will compute your particulars as the
person who made the deposit in my branch, so that my head office will
immediately order the transfer to your designated bank account upon your
application/request for transfer.

There are practically no risks involved, I have put in place all necessary
requirements concerning the release of this funds and it is my intention to
introduce this opportunity to you as the beneficiary.I am compelled to do
this because I would not want the Finance company to push this funds
(US$18.5m) into their treasury as unclaimed inheritance.

Can I give you this financial trust as a trustee/stakeholder?

Upon your response including your direct cellphone number and contact
details I shall then provide you with more details and relevant
information, please confirm the receipt of this message for more details

1) Your full name.
2) Direct Phone no,
3) Email Address
3) Company name, position and address.
4) Profession, age and marital status.
5) Copy of Intel passport, driver’s license, or any valid ID card.

Yours truly
Mrs Ann Dennis,

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