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419 Scam Example: "Ail Momo", Nigeria

The following email is an example of the 419 scam mostly operating out of West Africa:

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Date: Thu, 19 Jun 2003 00:49:07 -0700
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Dear  ,

I have picked-up the trust and courage to write you this letter with 
divine confidence that you are a reliable and honest person who will be 
capable for this important business transaction believing also that you 
will let
me down either now or in the future.

My name is  ail momoh  a senior Auditing Officer with the AFRICAN 
There is an account opened in this bank in 1980 and since 1996
nobody has operated on this account again. I discovered that if I do 
not remit this money out urgently it would be forfeited to the government 
as dormant account.
The owner of this account is Mr. Duckson Fritz, a foreigner, he was a 
miner at Kruger Petroleum oil and gas Company, a geologist by 
profession, and he died since 1996
in a plane crash. No other person knows about this account or anything
concerning it, the account has no other beneficiary and my 
proved to me as well that this company does not know anything about 
this account and the amount involved is (US$12 million) Twelve million 
United States Dollars.

I want to transfer this sum of Twelve million United States Dollars 
into a safe foreign account abroad. I am contacting you based on the 
fact that 
you are a foreigner because this money can only be approved for payment 
to a

I know that this proposal will come to you as a surprise as we don't 
know ourselves before. However I got your contact from a trade 
consultant in South Africa, though I did not disclose the purpose of my seeking 
for a
foreign business partner to him.

Although we will still have to meet to sign some agreement before the 
final transfer of the fund into any of your designated bank account. I 
involved a very senior official in the operational department, and we 
have agreed that after the transfer of the money into your account, you 
shall be entitled to 30% of the total sum, my colleagues and I will 
have 60% 
while 10% will be used to reimburse any expenses incurred.

All necessary precautions have been taken to ensure a risk free 
situation on the side of both parties.

Please note that this deal can only take place on the following 
1. Absolute confidentiality and sincerity will be required and 
guaranteed, considering our positions in the bank.
2. Assurance that our own share will be released to us in good faith 
when this money finally gets into your account and send me your 
telephone and fax numbers.
All things being equal, this transaction will be within 10 working days 
as soon as we hear from you.
Please treat with utmost confidentiality. Contact me as quickly as 
possible through my above e-mail or my alternative
telephone and fax numbers will be needed for easy communication.

Expecting your urgent response,
Best Regards,

Yours faithfully,


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X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook Express 5.00.2919.6900 DM
The 'DM" at the end identifies it as a spamware mailer that is very popular in the 419-scam scene. Practically every mail using this mailer is a 419 scam letter. However, most 419 mails are sent via other mailers.