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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:

Date: Sun, 28 Nov 2004 05:36:55 +0100
Subject: =?iso-8859-1?Q?Hoping=20to=20hear=20from=20you=2E?=

From:Dr.Dosou Harrison.
Auditing & Account Unit,
Continental Trust Bank.
Cotonou Branch Office.
Benin repuublic.

My dear Friend,
I am Dr.harrison Dosou,audicting and accounting unit Manager of continental
trust bank Benin, Cotonou braanch office.
On June 6, 2000, a Japanese Merchandise/Gold dealer here in West Africa
but reside in cotonou, Benin republic. Eng.Yukio Matsuda made a numbered
time (Fixed) Deposit for twelve calendar months, valued at US$15,000,000.00
(Fifteen Million Dollars) in my branch. On maturity, I sent a routine notification
to his forwarding address but got no reply. After a month, we sent a reminder
and finally we discovered that Eng.Yukio Matsuda died in an automobile accident
along Togo-Ghana Expressway on his trip to Ghana. On further investigation,
I found out that he died without making a WILL, and all attempts made to
trace his next of kin was fruitless.
I therefore made further investigation and discovered that Eng.Yukio Matsuda
did not declare any kin or relations in all his official documents, including
his Bank Deposit paperwork in my Bank. This total sum of US$15,000,000.00
is still sitting in my Bank as dormant account.No one have ever come forward
to claim this fund, and according to Benin law after 5 years, the money
will revert to the ownership of the Benin Government if the account owner
is certified dead and nobody comes forward to claim the fund.
This is the situation, and my proposal is that I am looking for a foriegner
who will stand in as his business associate/next of kin to Eng. Yukio Matsuda.
A bank account abroad will then facilitate the transfer of this money to
the beneficiary/next of kin. This is simple, all you have to do is, send
me the details of a bank account anywhere in the world for me to arrange
the proper money transfer paperwork which you will send to the bank management
as his business associate/next of kin for the claim and trasfer of this
fund to your norminated account you will provide to the bank.I will also
relate to you all his account information to enable you claim this fund
from the Bank management as his business associate /next of kin.On successful
remittance of the fund into your account, you will be compensated with 25%
of the amount for assistance and services and 5% set aside for expenses
contingency while the balance 70% will be for me and my collueges.
There is no risk at all,I will be monitoring the whole situation here in
this bank until you confirm the money in your account and ask me to come
down to your country for subsequent sharing of the fund according to percentages
previously indicated. This transaction is guaranteed.
If you are interested, please reply immediately via the private email address
below. Please observe utmost confidentiality, and rest assured that this
transaction would be most profitable for both of us because I shall require
your assistance to invest my share in your country.
NOTE: Let trust and honest be our watchword throughout this transaction
and please, keep very CONFIDENTIAL from open discussion, because am still
in service. Your prompt response through the e-mail address below will be
highly appreciated.
E-mail:dr_dharrison AT dr DOT com
I personally will also use this opportunity to acquire a building in your
country, which you will have to assist me in securing.

Thank you and regards,
Dr. Haarrison Dosou

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