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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: Mon, 21 Feb 2005 03:32:18 -0800
Subject: =?iso-8859-1?Q?REQUEST=20FOR=20URGENT=20BUSINESS=20TRANSACTION=2E?=




I am MR.UDEMEZUE JOEL, Auditor General to UNION Trust BANK PLC of
LAGOS-NIGERIA. I have an Urgent and Very Confidential business
proposition for you.

On December, 2001, an Amerrican Oil Consultant/Contractor with the Federal

Ministry of Petroleum Resources,Lagos-Nigeria, Mr. Allin Smith made a
numbered time (Fixed) Deposit for Twenty-Four calendar months, valued at

US$125,000,000.00 (One Hundred and Twenty- five Million Dollars) in my
branch. Upon maturity, I sent a routine notification to his forwarding
address but got no reply. After some months, we sent a reminder and finally

we discovered from his contract employers, the Federal Ministry of Petroleum

Resources Lagos-Nigeria, that Mr. Allin Smith died from an airplane crash
further investigation, I found out that he died without making a WILL,and

all attempts to trace his next of kin was fruitless.

I therefore made further investigation and discovered that Mr.Allin Smith

did not declare any kin or relations in all his official documents,
including his Bank Deposit paperwork in my Bank. This sum of US$125,000,000.00

is still sitting in my Bank and the interest is being rolled over with the

principal sum at the end of each year also we noticed that he is a major
Bunkering and has about 75 barrel of Oil.No one has ever come forward to
claim it.

According to Nigeria Law, at the expiration of 5 (five) years, the money
revert to the ownership of the the Government if nobody applies to claim
fund. Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you to stand in as the

next of kin to Mr.Allin Smith so that the fruits of this old man's labour

will not get into the hands of some corrupt government officials.

This is simple, I will like you to provide immediately your full names and

address so that the Attorney will prepare the necessary documents and
affidavits which will put you in place as the next of kin. We shall employ

the services of two Attorney for drafting and notarization of the change
ownership and to obtain the necessary documents and letter of probate/administration
in your favour for the transfer.

A bank account in any part of the world which you will provide will then

facilitate the transfer of this money to you as the beneficiary/next of
The money will be paid into your account for us to share in the ratio of

65% for me and 30% for you and 5% be used in settling taxation and all
local and foreign expenses you incured during the course of the
transfer.There is no risk at all as all the paperwork for this transaction

will be done by the Attorney and my position as the Auditor General
guarantees the successful execution of this transaction.

If you are interested, please reply immediately via this email or the
alternative email address:( Upon your response,

I shall then provide you with more details and relevant documents that
will help you understand the transaction. Please observe utmost confidentiality
and be 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.
I can be
reached through this email address.

I do urgently await your response.

Best regards,

Mr. Udemezue Joel.

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