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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: "cynthia lot" <>
Date: Thu, 06 Jan 2005 17:02:52 GMT
Subject: CAN U?

First, I must solicit your confidence in this transaction; this is by virtue of its 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. I have decided to contact you due to the urgency of this transaction, as I have been reliably informed of your discreteness and ability in transaction of this nature.

I am miss Cynthia Lothar .i am the only child of Engr.Thomas lothar .
My father late Eng., Thomas Lothar an American but nationalised in Germany an oil Merchant , until his death a few years ago in egyptian airbus flight KQ430, Banked with the Volks Bank of Berlin , and had a closing balance at the end of january , 2004 worth US$6,000, 000. 00 (six million United states Dollars), the bank now expects a next of kin as beneficiary. i am underage as i am only 18 yrs and my mother died six months ago.
It was because of the perceived possibility of not being able to locate any of my family members or next of kin that The management of the bank under the influence of the chairman and members of the board of directors, has made for the fund to be declared "unclaimed" and subsequently be donated to the social welfare. In order to avert this negative development I now seek your permission to have you stand as next of kin to my late father Eng. Thomas Melvin so that the fund (US dollars six million) will be released and paid into your account as the beneficiary’s next of kin. All documents and proof to enable you get this fund will be carefully worked out. i with the help of a lawyer have secured from the probate an order of mandamus to locate any of my fathers relatives and more so, i am assuring you that this business is 100% risk free involvement. Your share stays while the rest is for myself and this trusted attorney friend for investment purpose according to my agreement between both parties.
As soon as i receive an acknowledgement of the receipt of this message in acceptance of our mutual business proposal, i would furnish you with the contact of the attorney and necessary modalities and disbursement ratio to suite both parties without any conflict.
If this proposal is acceptable by you, do not take undue advantage of the trust i have bestowed in you.

Best Regards,

cynthia lothar
Vienna Austria

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