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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: frank12345 <f_frank2@yahoo.fr> (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 16 Aug 2004 17:54:28 +0200
Subject: FROM: FRANK EZE


FROM: FRANK EZE
AUDITING AND ACCOUNTING UNIT
ECO BANK PLC OF NIGERIA.
PHONE: 234 -803-4907760
ATTN:Friend
I am FRANK EZE the director in charge of
auditing and accounting section of ECO BANK PLC
VICTORIA
ISLAND BRANCH LAGOS NIGERIA. With due respect and
regard,
I have decided to contact you on a business
transaction that
will be very beneficial to both of us.
During our auditing and investigation in our bank
recently, my department came across a very huge sum
of money belonging to one Mr.Charles Ballassi an
America
Oil consultant/contractor with the Nigerian National
Petroleum Corporation,who is dead,The deceased person
who died
on 31 October 1999 in a plain crash and his account
has been
dormant in this this Bank since 1999 and no person
could come
for the claim of the fund in our custody not even from
his family
or relation.
After we have found this we sent a message to the
deseased,not knowing
that he is dead,we sent another reminder and finally
we
discovered from his contract employyers,the Nigerian
National
Petroleum Corporation that Mr.Charles Ballassi with
his wife died in the plane crash of 31 October 1999 on
Egyptian air with other passengers on board as you can
confirm it yourself via the website below:
http://www.cnn.com/us/9911/02/egyptair990.list/index.html
A close investigation revealed that the deceased has
no existing relation as next of kin. The said amount
is
U.S $29.5 million, I want you to collaborate with me
to put a
claim on this money as the next of kin of the deceased
account holder,Mr.Charles Ballassi. I and my colleague
will present you as the next of kin.
Meanwhile all arrangement to put claim over this fund
as the bonafide next of kin to the deceased already
made,
I asure that we will get the required approval and
transfer
this money to your designated foreign bank
account,this arrangement
has been put in place,as directives and needed
information will be
relayed to you as soon as you indicate your interest
and
willingness to assist us in this risk free and highly
confidential
transaction.
On your reply, we shall discuss the sharing ratio for
each party in this transaction.
Please feel free to contact me immediately via my
private email(f_frank2@yahoo.fr)for further
directive and
clarification on this transaction.
I look forward to a mutual beneficial business
relationship with you.
Thanks,
Mr.FRANK EZE
PLEASE CALL ME IMMEDIATELY YOU RECIEVED THIS MAIL WITH
THIS PHONE NUMBER(234-8034-907760)
NUMBER. MAKE SURE YOU REPLY THROUGH
(f_frank2@yahoo.fr)


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