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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: "Mr. Mayor Bale" <>
Date: Fri, 02 Sep 2005 13:44:37 +0000
Subject: Carefully read this letter and reply ASAP



Dear Friend,

I am Mr Mayor Bale the director of bill and exchange at the foreign
remittance department of central bank of Nigeria. In my department we
discovered an abandoned sum ofUS$48.5 (FORTY EIGHT MLLION FIVE HUNDRED
THOUSAND U.S DOLLARS), in an account that belongs to one of our foreign
customer Mr.George Dewji who died along with his entire family in a plane
crash that happened in Kenya, East of Africa. Since we got information about
his death, we have been expecting his next of kin to come over and claim his
money because we cannot release it without the next of kin or relation to
the encased as indicated in our banking guidelines and laws But
unfortunately we learnt that all his supposed relation died alongside with
him at the plane crash leaving nobody behind for the claim. Please I want
you to visit the website

below for more information about the Plane Crash:

It is therefore upon this discovery that I and some other officials in my
department now decided and agreed to make this business proposal to you and
use you as the next of kin to late our dear customer (Mr.George Dewji) to
release the money to you safety and subsequent disbursement since nobody is
coming for it and we don't want this money to go into the bank treasury as
unclaimed bill. I agree that 30% of this money will be for you as a foreign
partner, in respect to the provision of a foreign account, and 70% would be
for the others and me. There after I will visit your country for
disbursement according to the percentage indicated. I will not fail to bring
to your notice that this transaction is hitch and risk free, and you should
keep this transaction (TOP SECRET) and this transaction will only take us 14
banking days because as a banker, I know what to do, to move the fund into
your account without any delay and that you should not entertain any atom of
fear as all required arrangements have been made for the transfer. You
should contact me as soon as you receive this letter so that I will send you
the text of the application to apply to the bank and the data information of
the deceased customer.

Yours faithfully.

Mr.Mayor Bale
BILL & EXCHANGE Department,

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