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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: "Simon David" <>
Date: Fri, 02 Sep 2005 12:53:16 +0000
Subject: This is the great opportunity for you and I,


Dear Sir,

I am Dr.Simon David. of Bills and Exchange at the foreign remitance
department of the Union Bank of Nigeria Plc. I am writing this letter
to ask for your suppport and coperation to carry out this business
opportunity in my department.
I discovered an abandoned sum of $20.565m (twenty million, five
hundred and sixty five thousand united states dollars only) in
Account Number 11008734290 status of account fixed deposit
account,that belongs to one of our foreign
LIMITED,Who died along with his entire family in November 1998 in a
plane crash.

Since we got information about his death we can not release the
money unless somebody applies for it as the next of kin or relation
to the deceased.As indicated in our banking guidelines.
Unfortunately,neither the family members
nor the relations have appeared to claim this money.At this
discovery,I decided to do business with you and release the money to
you as the next of kin or relation of the deceased for safety and
subsequent disbursement since nobody is coming for it and I don't
want this money to go into the bank trasury
as an unclaimed debt. The banking law and guidelines of Union Bank of
Nigeria Plc stipulates that if such money remained unclaimed for a
period of eight (8) years it will be transfered into the bank
treasury as unclaimed fund.the need for a foreigner as next of kin in
this siness is occasioned by the fact that the costomer was a
foreigner and as a Nigerian cannot stand as
his next of kin or heir.

I agreed that 30% of the money will be for you as foreign partner,
thereafter I will visit your country for disbursement according to
the percentage indicated.
Therefore to enable the lmmediate transfer of the fund to you as
indicated. You must apply to the bank as relation or next of kin of
the deceased.Indicating your bank acount number and indicating where
the money will be remitted.Upon receipt of reply.I will send to you
the text of application as soon as you receieve this letter you
should reach me through my above e-mail immediately and indicate your
direct and confidencial telephone
number for effective communication. Hoping to hear from you through
my alternative address as
stated above.

Yours Faithfully,

Dr.Simon David.

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