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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: "Princess Golden" <> (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 5 Sep 2005 09:50:57 -0700

Am pleased to introduce myself to you, my name is Princess Golden Smith , 28 , single and an accountant by profession. I communicate to seek your co-operation in my need to relocate some meaningful amount of money (US dollars) to your country. This money relatively belonged to my former boss who is now deceased. The 73 years old Thompson Morris a UNITED STATES CITIZEN who spent most part of his adulthood in my country got deceased through sudden heart attack. Fortunately I worked directly with him, and as a personal friend I know most of his his private things.

I am still a serving government functionary in my Native Country. The money was realised from the percentage he made through gold/oil deals over the years in my country. I knew En gr.Tom for more than ten years and we remained very close for a long until his death. He was married but did not marry again after the death of his wife Shirley fifteen years ago.According to him his only son Tom Jr died swimming sometime I cannot remember. He was close to me and this made claiming of his money easier ,but from his side no beneficiary to this money. He was my boss, now I am occupying his mansion though we shared it together when he was alive.

Nobody but the bank knows about this money because he has no known next of kin to claim this money.This sum US$20,500,000.00 is still lying dormant in the bank after his death almost four years now. Why I am asking for help now is that the bank has started to question the money though they know he is late but nobody has come up to declare beneficiary, the fact is That nobody will ever come until I RAISE A FOREIGNER whom shall have the required information.The urgency is inevitable before the access time runs out.

Nobody has this information now and that's why I am communicating you to assist me is this evacuation. I will offer you 20%of total sum after the transfer. The entire plan and documents of this transaction will be handed over to you as soon as I receive your response. I also want to assure you that there is no risk attached to you in this business. I am fully in position of the whole information.I will tell you more when...

Have a fantastic day!

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