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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: asskar12@terra.com.mx
Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2005 05:24:30 +0100
Subject: WEMA BANK PLC

FROM THE DESK OF MR ASSKAR COLLINS
WEMA BANK INTERNATIONAL PLC
SEND ME MAIL ON THIS EMAIL
lucollins2004@yahoo.co.uk
DEAR SIR/ MADAM,
I AM MR. ASSKAR COLLINS THE MANAGER, BILLS AND EXCHANGE AT
THE FOREIGN REMITTANCE DEPARTMENT OF THE WEMA BANK
INTERNATIONAL PLC. I AM WRITING THIS LETTER TO ASK FOR YOUR
SUPPORT AND COOPERATION TO CARRY OUT THIS BUSINESS
OPPORTUNITY IN MY DEPARTMENT WE DISCOVERED AN ABANDONED SUM
OF $15,000,000.00 (FIFTEEN MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS
ONLY) IN AN ACCOUNT THAT BELONGS TO ONE OF OUR FOREIGN
CUSTOMERS WHO DIED ALONG WITH HIS ENTIRE FAMILY OF A WIFE
AND TWO CHILDREN IN NOVEMBER 1997 IN A PLANE CRASH.SINCE WE
HEARD OF HIS DEATH, WE HAVE BEEN EXPECTING HIS NEXT-OF-KIN
TO COME OVER AND PUT CLAIMS FOR HIS MONEY AS THE HEIR,
BECAUSE WE CANNOT RELEASE THE FUND FROM HIS ACCOUNT UNLESS
SOMEONE
APPLIES FOR CLAIM AS THE NEXT-OF-KIN TO THE DECEASED AS
INDICATED IN OUR BANKING GUIDELINES.
UNFORTUNATELY, NEITHER THEIR FAMILY MEMBER NOR DISTANT
RELATIVE HAS EVER APPEARED TO CLAIM THE SAID FUND. UPON
THIS DISCOVERY,I AND OTHER OFFICIALS IN MY DEPARTMENT HAVE
AGREED TO MAKE BUSINESS WITH
YOU AND RELEASE THE TOTAL AMOUNT INTO YOUR ACCOUNT AS THE
HEIR OF THE FUND SINCE NO ONE CAMEFOR IT OR DISCOVERED HE
MAINTAINED ACCOUNT WITH OUR BANK, OTHERWISE THE FUND WILL
BE RETURNED TO THE BANKS TREASURY AS UNCLAIMED FUND.
WE HAVE
AGREED THAT OUR RATIO OF SHARING WILL BE AS STATED THUS; 30
% FOR YOU AS FOREIGN PARTNER, 60 % FOR US THE OFFICIALS IN
MY DEPARTMENT AND 10 % FOR THE SETTLEMENT OF ALL LOCAL AND
FOREIGN EXPENCES INCURRED BY YOU AND US DURING THE COURSE
OF THIS BUSINESS. UPON THE SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THIS
TRANSFER, I AND ONE OF MY COLLEAGUES WILL COME TO YOUR
COUNTRY AND MIND OUR SHARE. IT IS FROM OUR 60 % WE INTEND
TO IMPORT AGRICULTURAL MACHINERIES INTO MY COUNTRY AS A WAY
OF
RECYCLING THE FUND. TO COMMENCE THIS TRANSACTION, WE
REQUIRE YOU TO IMMEDIATELY INDICATE YOUR INTEREST BY A
RETURN E-MAIL AND ENCLOSE YOUR PRIVATE CONTACT TELEPHONE
NUMBER, FAX NUMBER FULL NAME
AND ADDRESS AND YOUR DESIGNATED BANK COORDINATES TO ENABLE
US FILE LETTER OF CLAIM TO THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENTS FOR
NECESSARY APPROVALS BEFORE THE TRANSFER CAN BE MADE
NOTE ; THIS TRANSACTION MUST BE KEPT STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL
BECAUSE OF ITS NATURE. I LOOK FORWARD TO RECEIVING YOUR
PROMPT RESPONSE.

NOTE-----------SEND ME MAIL ON THIS EMAIL
--------------lucollins2004@yahoo.co.uk

REGARDS,
MR ASSKAR COLLINS
WEMA BANK PLC

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