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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: "Westpac Banking Corporation" <> (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 11 Oct 2004 09:38:51 -0700
Subject: Your co-operation Needed

Westpac Banking Corporation,
63 St. Mary Axe
London EC3A 8LE

Having obtained your contact from the internet that you have been doing several transaction in good trust,coupled with my deep interest to invest in your country, I decided to contact and solicit your mutual assistance at all cost. I am Mr. Ashley Coleman, Branch Manager, Westpac Banking Corporation London. On December 6th 1999, one Mr. Claude Brian Best, an American National, a consultant/contractor with Gardiner & Theobald,a leading firm of project and
cost management consultants, made a numbered time (Fixed) Deposit, valued at £9,500,000.00(Nine Million, Five Hundred Thousand Pounds) for twelve calendar months in my Bank Branch.
Upon Maturity, we sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but got no reply. After a month, we sent a reminder and finally we discovered from his contract employers (Gardiner & Theobald) that Mr.Claude Brian Best died from an automobile accident. On further investigation, it was discovered that he died without making a WILL and all attempts to trace his next of kin was fruitless.

On further investigations, it was discovered that Late Mr. Claude Brian Best did not declare any next of kin or relations in all his official documents,including his Bank Deposit paper work here at the Bank.The total sum,£9,500,000.00 is still in my bank and the interest is being rolled over
with the principal sum at the end of each year. No one will ever come forward to claim it. In accordance with the Banking Federal Laws and constitution, at the expiration of 5 (five) years, the money will revert to the ownership of the Government if nobody applies as the next of Kin to claim the funds.

Consequently, I shall present you as a foreign partner to stand in as the next of kin to late Mr. Claude Brian Best so that you and I can benefit from the fruits of this old man's labour to enhance humanitarian Organization Worldwide.Upon acceptance of this proposal, I shall send to you either by fax or email a scanned copy of the Westpac Banking Corporation "Next of Kin Payment
Application Form" as well as detailed information on how this deal would be transacted.We shall employ the services of a solicitor for the drafting of the LAST WILL & TESTAMENT of Late Mr.Claude Brian Best and to obtain all other relevant papers in your name for the necessary documentation for payment approval in my bank headquarters in your favour.

The money will be shared in the ratio: Sixty percent for me, thirty five percent for you and five percent for any arising contingencies during the course of this transaction. I guarantee that this will be executed under legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law as I will use my position as the Bank's Branch Manager to secure approvals and guarantee
the successful execution of this transaction. It will take only 7-10 working days to conclude this transaction.Please be informed that your utmost confidentiality is required. If this interest you, please reply me immediately via the private email address below and please include your private phone number for voice contact and fax number so that I can provide you with
more details and relevant documents that will help you understand the
Awaiting your urgent reply.
Best regards,
Mr. Ashley Coleman

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