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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: jary dassi <>
Date: Mon, 30 May 2005 12:44:07 -0400
Subject: GOOD DAY,






Dear Friend,


I am Mr Jary Dassi Foreign Remittance Director of

Intercontinental Bank Plc cotonou in the capital city of cotonou de

Benin republic.

This is a very confidential proposition for you. On November 21st

2003,a CANADIAN Oil consultant/contractor with the Benenoise Solid

Minerals Corporation,MR.JACK LAWSON made a numbered time (Fixed)

Deposit for twelve calendar months, valued at US$10,000,000.00 (Ten

Million Dollars only) in my branch.

Upon maturity on November 20th 2004 as his Credit Officer, I sent a

routine notification to his forwarding address but got no reply.

After a month,we sent a reminder and finally i is covered from his

contract employers,the Benenoise Solid Minerals Corporation that

Mr.JACK LAWSON died on an Air Crash.

Further investigations,and all attempts to trace his next of kin

was fruitless.

Again,I made further investigation and discovered that Mr.JACK

LAWSON did not declare any next of kin or relations in all his

official documents, including his Bank Deposit paperwork in my


This sum of US$10,000,000.00 is still sitting in my Bank No one had

ever come forward to claim it. According to the International

Banking ethics,codes and Laws, at the expiration of 2(Two) years,

the money will revert to the ownership of the Benin Government if

nobody applies to claim the fund.

Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you as a foreigner to

stand in as the next of kin to Mr.JACK LAWSON. This is simple,I

will like you to respond immediately with your full names and

address so that we will prepare the necessary documents that will

put you in place as the next of kin.

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

then facilitate the transfer of this money to you as the

beneficiary/next of kin. The money will be paid into your account

for us to share in the ratio of 60% for me and 35% for you and 5%

for Expenses Incurred in the course of the transaction .

There is no risk at all as all the paperwork for this transaction

will be done and with my position as the Foreign Remmitance

Director guarantees the successful execution of this transaction.

Upon your response, I shall then provide you with more details and

relevant informations that will help you understand the


Please send me your confidential telephone and fax numbers for easy


You should 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.

Awaiting your urgent reply.

Best regards.

Mr jary dassi

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