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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: "David Moor" <tony999@handbag.com>
Reply-To: davidmoor353@netscape.net
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2004 01:35:13 +0100
Subject: Allied Irish Bank

From: Mr. David Moor
Bills & Exchange Manager
Allied Irish Bank
Bank centre,
Ballsbridge,
Dublin 4, Ireland.
EMAIL: davidmoor353@netscape.net
Telephone:+44 703 194 1147

Sir;

PRIVATE AND URGENT.

I am contacting you in regards to a business transfer of a hugh sum of money
from a deceased account. Though I know that a transaction of this magnitude
will make any one apprehensive and worried, but I am assuring you that all
will be well at the end of the day. We decided to contact you due to the
urgency of this transaction.

PROPOSITION;

We discovered an abandoned sum of US$20,000,000.00 (Twenty Million Dollars)in
an account that belongs to one of our foreign customers who died along with
his entire family. Since his death, none of his next-of-kin or relations
has come forward to lay claims to this money as the heir. We cannot release
the fund from his account unless someone applies for claim as the next-of-kin
to the deceased as indicated in our banking guidelines.

Upon this discovery, we now seek your permission to have you stand as a
next of kin to the deceased as all documentations will be carefully worked
out by us for the funds US$20,000,000.00) to be released in your favour
as the beneficiary's next of kin.

It may interest you to note that we have secured from the probate an order
of madamus to locate any of deceased beneficiaries.Please acknowledge receipt
of this message in acceptance of our mutual business endeavour by furnishing
me with the following;

1. Beneficiary name and address.
2. Direct Telephone and fax numbers.

These requirements will enable us file a letter of claim to the appropriate
departments for necessary approvals in your favour before the transfer can
be made. We shall be compensating you with 2 Million Dollars on final conclusion
of this project, while the rest shall be for us. Your share stays with you
while the rest shall be for us for investment purposes.
If this proposal is acceptable by you, do not take undue advantage of the
trust we have bestowed in you, I await your urgent mail.

Please reply to EMAIL: davidmoor353@netscape.net

Regards,

Mr.David Moor.


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