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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: "ADAMS LAWAL" <belloahmed@telstra.com> (may be fake)
Reply-To: a_d1966@yahoo.com
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2004 03:46:12 -0800
Subject: URGENT ASSISTANCE

GREETINGS


IN ORDER TO TRANSFER OUT (USD 26 MILLION DOLLARS) FROM
OUR BANK. I HAVE THE COURAGE TO ASK YOU TO LOOK FOR A
RELIABLE AND HONEST PERSON WHO WILL BE CAPABLE FOR
THIS IMPORTANT BUSINESS BELIEVING THAT YOU WILL NEVER
LET ME DOWN EITHER NOW OR IN FUTURE.

I AM ADAMS LAWAL THE EASTERN DISTRICT BANK
MANAGER OF UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA PLC. (UBA). THERE IS
AN ACCOUNT OPENED IN THIS BANK IN 1980 AND SINCE
1990 NOBODY HAS OPERATED ON THIS ACCOUNT AGAIN.
AFTER GOING THROUGH SOME OLD FILES IN THE RECORDS I
DISCOVERED THAT IF I DO NOT REMITT THIS MONEY OUT
URGENTLY IT WILL BE FORFEITED FOR NOTHING.

THE OWNER OF THIS ACCOUNT IS MR. SMITH B. ANDREAS, A
FOREIGNER, AND THE MANAGER OF PETRO - TECHNICAL
SUPPORT SERVICES, A CHEMICAL ENGINEER BY PROFESSION
AND HE DIED SINCE 1990. NO OTHER PERSON KNOWS ABOUT
THIS ACCOUNT OR ANY THING CONCERNING IT, THE ACCOUNT
HAS NO OTHER BENEFICIARY AND MY INVESTIGATION PROVED
TO ME AS WELL THAT THIS COMPANY DOES NOT KNOW ANYTHING
ABOUT THIS ACCOUNT AND THE AMOUNT INVOLVED IS (USD
26 MILLION DOLLARS). I WANT TO TRANSFER THIS MONEY
INTO A SAFE FOREIGNERS ACCOUNT ABROAD BUT I DON'T
KNOW ANY FOREIGNER, I AM ONLY CONTACTING YOU AS A
FOREIGNER BECAUSE THIS MONEY CAN NOT BE APPROVED TO A
LOCAL BANK HERE, BUT CAN ONLY BE APPROVED TO ANY
FOREIGN ACCOUNT BECAUSE THE MONEY IS IN US DOLLARS
AND THE FORMER OWNER OF THE ACCOUNT IS MR. SMITH B.
ANDREAS IS A FOREIGNER TOO.

I KNOW THAT THIS MASSAGE WILL COME TO YOU AS A
SURPRISE AS WE DON'T KNOW OUR SELVES BEFORE, BUT BE
SURE THAT IT IS REAL AND A GENUINE BUSINESS. I ONLY
GOT YOUR CONTACT ADDRESS FROM THE COMPUTER ,WITH
BELIEVE IN GOD THAT YOU WILL NEVER LET ME DOWN IN THIS
BUSINESS YOU ARE THE ONLY PERSON THAT I HAVE CONTACTED
IN THIS BUSINESS, SO PLEASE REPLY URGENTLY SO THAT I
WILL INFORM YOU THE NEXT STEP TO TAKE URGENTLY.


I WANT US TO SEE FACE TO FACE OR SIGN A BINDING
AGREEMENT TO BIND US TOGETHER SO THAT YOU CAN RECIEVE
THIS MONEY INTO A FORIEGN ACCOUNT OR ANY ACCOUNT OF
YOUR CHOICE WHERE THE FUND WILL BE REMMITTED.AND I
WILL FLY TO YOUR COUNTRY FOR WITHDRAWAL AND SHARING
AND OTHER INVESTMENTS.

I AM CONTACTING YOU BECAUSE OF THE NEED TO INVOLVE A
FOREIGNER WITH FOREIGN ACCOUNT AND FOREIGN
BENEFICIARY. I NEED YOUR CO-OPERATION TO MAKE THIS
WORK FINE. BECAUSE THE MANAGEMENT IS READY TO APPROVE
THIS PAYMENT TO ANY FOREIGNER WHO HAS CORRECT
INFORMATION OF THIS ACCOUNT, WHICH I WILL GIVE TO YOU
LATER IMMEDIATELY, IF YOU ARE ABLE AND WITH
CAPABILITY TO HANDLE SUCH AMOUNT IN STRICT CONFIDENCE
AND TRUST ACCORDING TO MY INSTRUCTIONS AND ADVICE FOR
OUR MUTUAL BENEFIT BECAUSE THIS OPPORTUNITY WILL
NEVER COME AGAIN IN MY LIFE.
I NEED TRUTHFUL PERSON IN THIS BUSINESS BECAUSE I
DON'T WANT TO MAKE MISTAKE I NEED YOUR STRONG
ASSURANCE AND TRUST.

WITH MY POSITION NOW IN THE OFFICE I CAN TRANSFER THIS
MONEY TO ANY FOREIGNERS RELIABLE ACCOUNT WHICH YOU
CAN PROVIDE WITH ASSURANCE THAT THIS MONEY WILL BE
INTACT PENDING MY PHYSICAL ARRIVAL IN YOUR COUNTRY
FOR SHARING. I WILL DESTROY ALL DOCUMENTS OF
TRANSACTION IMMEDIATELY WE RECEIVE THIS MONEY LEAVING
NO TRACE TO ANY PLACE. YOU CAN ALSO COME TO DISCUSS
WITH ME FACE TO FACE AFTER WHICH I WILL MAKE THIS
REMITTANCE IN YOUR PRESENCE AND TWO OF US WILL FLY TO
YOUR COUNTRY AT LEAST TWO DAYS AHEAD OF THE MONEY
GOING INTO YOUR ACCOUNT.

I WILL APPLY FOR ANNUAL LEAVE TO GET VISA IMMEDIATELY
I HEAR FROM YOU THAT YOU ARE READY TO ACT AND RECEIVE
THIS FUND IN YOUR ACCOUNT. I WILL USE MY POSITION AND
INFLUENCE TO EFFECT LEGAL APPROVALS AND ONWARD
TRANSFER OF THIS MONEY TO YOUR ACCOUNT WITH
APPROPRIATE CLEARANCE FORMS OF THE MINISTRIES AND
FOREIGN EXCHANGE DEPARTMENTS.

AT THE CONCLUSION OF THIS BUSINESS, YOU WILL BE GIVEN
20% OF THE TOTAL AMOUNT, 75% WILL BE FOR ME, WHILE 5%
WILL BE FOR EXPENSES BOTH PARTIES MIGHT HAVE INCURED
DURING THE PROCESS OF TRANSFERING.

I LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR EARLIEST REPLY BY EMAIL.

RESPECTFULLY SUMMITED,

ADAMS LAWAL








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