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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: kdowan66@tiscali.co.uk
Date: Thu, 30 Dec 2004 12:20:07 -0800
Subject: RE.reply

DR.DONALD WILLIAM
DEPUTY GENERAL MANAGER,COMMERCIAL BANKING
ZENITH INTERNATIONAL BANK OF NIGERIA.
MARINA- BRANCH, LAGOS.

DEAR SIR,
RE: TRANSFER OF THE SUM OF US$30.5M DOLLARS INTO YOUR ACCOUNT.FIRSTLY,I
MUST SOLICIT YOUR CONFIDENCE IN THIS TRANSACTION.THIS IS BY VIRTUR OF IT'S
NATURE AS BEING UTTERLY CONFIDENTIAL AND TOP SECRET.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
HAVE DECIDED TO CONTACT YOU THROUGH THIS MEDIUM DUE TO THE URGENCY OF THIS
TRANSACTION AS WE HAVE BEEN RELIABLY INFORMED OF YOUR DISCRETENESS AND ABILITY.MY
NAME IS DR.DONALD WILLIAM,DEPUTY GENERAL MANAGER, (Commercial Banking),ZENITH
INTERNATIONAL BANK OF NIGERIA. I AM WRITTING IN RESPECT OF A
FOREIGNER, A MEXICAN NATIONALE, LATE ENGINEER CARLOS MONTOYA, AN OIL MERCHANT/CONTRACTOR
WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA UNTIL HIS UNTIMELY DEATH THREE YEARS
AGO AS A RESULT OF TERRORIST ATTACK ON AMERICAN AIRLINES FLIGHT 11,FROM
BOSTON,MASSACHUSETTS,TO LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA WHICH CRASHED INTO THE NORTH
TOWER OF THE WORLD TRADE CENTRE KILLING ALL 92 PEOPLE ON
BOARD.YOU CAN VISIT BELOW WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS.
http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2001/trade.center/victims/AA11.victims.html

BEFORE HE DIED,HE HAD A ONE-YEAR FIXED DEPOSIT OF US$30.5M IN A FIXED DEPOSIT
ACCOUNT IN OUR BANK.THIS MONEY HAS SINCE MATURED,BUT NO NEXT-OF-KIN HAS
SHOWED UP FOR CLAIM. SEQUEL TO THIS, REPEATED EFFORTS WERE MADE BY ZENITH
INTERNATIONAL BANK TO GET IN TOUCH WITH ANY OF THE CARLOS
MONTOYA'S FAMILY OR RELATIVES TO LAY CLAIM TO THIS FUND BUT ALL TO NO AVAIL.IT
IS BECAUSE OF THE PERCEIVED POSIBILITY OF NOT BEING ABLE TO LOCATE ANY
OFTHE LATE ENGR.CARLOS MONTOYA NEXT-OF-KIN (HE HAD NO WIFE AND CHILDREN)
THAT THE MANAGEMENT UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF OUR HONOURABLE CHAIRMAN AND MEMBERS
OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS,DECIDED THAT ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE MADE FOR THE

FUND TO BE DECLARED "UNCLAIMABLE" AND SUBSIQUENTLY BE REVARTED TO THE COUFFERS
OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA WHICH AT THE END OF THE DAY WILL BE
EMBEZZLED BY TOP GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS FOR THEIR OWN SELFISH AGGRANDIZEMENT
TO THE DETRIMENT OF THE POOR MASSES. IN ORDER TO AVERT
THIS CRUDE AND NEGATIVE DEVELOPMENT,SOME OF MY TRUSTED COLLEAGUES AND I
NOW SEEK YOUR PERMISSION TO HAVE YOU STAND AS THE NEXT-OF-KIN TO LATE
ENGR. MR.CARLOS MONTOYA,SO THAT THE FUND US$30.5M WOULD BE RELEASED AND
PAID INTO YOUR ACCOUNT AS THE BENEFICIARY'S NEXT-OF KIN. ALL DOCUMENTS
AND PROVES TO ENABLE YOU RECIEVE THIS FUND WILL BE CAREFULLY WORKED OUT
AND MORE SO AS ROFESSIONAL BANKERS, WE ARE ASSURING YOU OF 100% RISK FREE
INVOLVEMENT.

IT WAS AGREED THAT 40% WILL BE YOUR SHARE AS A FOREIGN PARTNER IN RESPECT
OF PROVIDING AN ACCOUNT WHILE 10% WILL BE MAPPED OUT FOR ANY EXPENSES THAT
MIGHT BE INCURED IN THE PROCESS OF THIS TRANSACTION.THE REST WILL BE FOR
ME AND MY COLLEAGUES. WE INTEND TO USE OUR OWN SHARE OF THE FUND TO IMPORT
AGRICULTURAL MACHINERIES INTO OUR COUNTRY WITH YOUR KIND ASSISTANCE AS A
WAY OF RECYCLING THE FUND.

I WILL NOT FAIL TO BRING TO YOUR NOTICE THAT THIS BUSINESS IS HITCH FREE
AND THAT YOU SHOULD NOT ENTERTAIN ANY FEAR AS THE WHOLE REQUIRED ARRANGEMENT
HAVE BEEN PERFECTED FOR THE TRANSFER. YOU ARE TO PROVIDE US, (1). A SCANNED
COPY OF YOUR INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT OR DRIVERS LICENCE,
(2).COMPANY NAME AND ADDRESS ( if any), (3).PHONE AND FAX NUMBERS (PRIVATE),(4).
YOUR FULL NAMES AS YOU WANT IT TO APPEAR IN YOUR APPLICATION FORM OF CLAIM
AND LITTLE INFORMATION ABOUT YOURSELF, SO THAT I EQUALLY KNOW YOUR ABILITY
TO HANDLE THIS TRANSACTION. PLEASE RESPOND TO ME VERY URGENTLY BY RETURN
MAIL ( donaldwill33@yahoo.it ) HAVE A NICE DAY AND GOD BLESS YOU.

BEST REGARDS,
DR.DONALD WILLIAM
ZENITH INTERNATIONAL BANK.


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