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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: January 10, 2005 8:31:37 AM CST
Subject: Notification of bequest.

Name: Anthony Arinze.

I am Barrister Anthony Arinze, a personal lawyer to my client late Engr
Willy Bubenik who made a bequest to you. I am very happy to contact you
and also would like speak with you. However, I now write on behalf of the
Trustees and Executor of the estate of Late Engr. Willy Bubenik, I once
again try to notify you as my earlier letter to you through the Post Office
was returned undelivered. I hereby attempt to reach you
via your e-mail address.

I wish to notify you that late Engr.Willy Bubenik made you a beneficiary
to his will. He left the sum of Five Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars
(US$5.5m) to you in the codicil and last testament to his will. Being a
widely traveled man, he must have been in contact with you in the past or
simply you were nominated to him by one of his numerous friends abroad who
wished you good. Engr.Willy Bubenik until his death was a former
managing director and pioneer staff of a giant construction
company. He was a very dedicated Christian who loved to give out. His great
philanthropy earned him numerous awards during his lifetime.

Late Engr. Willy Bubenik died on the 9th day of February 2002 at the age
of 82 years, and his Will are now ready for execution. Please If I reach
you as I am hopeful, endeavor to get back to me as soon as possible to enable
the immediate execution of your
portion of the bequest to enable earlier disbursement by the Paying Bank.

You should forward along your telephone and fax Numbers, including a proof
to confirm your identity as The beneficiary in question and your current
mailing Address. Proof of Identity should be either clergy ID or International
passport or drivers License. Send copy of identity through my email: On demand I would send you the
Obituary notice of my client Late Engr Willy Bubenik for your perusal and
may be you would recognize him . I hope to hear from you in no distant time.

Best Regards,
Anthony Arinze (Esq).

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