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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: chibo kelechi <goodheart200@yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 6 Sep 2005 02:15:38 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: urgent reply dear friend as soon as possible



Dear Friend,

I am Mr.GOODHEART, the Finance Manager to the WEMABANK Nig Plc.Your contact was given to me by a very good/ school mate of mine, that works with the Nigeria Chambers of Commerce here in Nigeria. So i will be please to use this chance to intruduce to you a business transaction(deal). You are to relax your mind, because this is REAL. Being the manager in the bank(wemabank) i have discover a very good deal transaction which both of us will benefir from, provided i am
concerned.


As its stands, there is a foreign client(customer) in person of MR. EDWARD PALMER, also a very good business man who has a very huge sum of amount($18.580Million) in the bank(WEMABANK) before his suprise death. It was a pity and sorrowfull that Mr,Palmer, the wife and their only son died sorrowfully, which is, they were among the victims of the TERRORIST BOMB BLAST TRAGEDY,

that occured recently(11th, september, 2001) in United States of America(USA) during his visit for a business negotiation in America. As the forex manager in the bank also a very good family friend to Mr, Palmer, i have been able to try all my possible best to see(locate) if i can get or know any of this man (Mr, Palmer) family member or relation, so that i can get them informed of the latest velopment as regards to


the huge sum of amount which belongs to Mr, Palmer in the WEMABANK. To your best knowledge this sum($18.580Million) is floating in the wemabank and i will not want it to finally taken by the management of the wemabank. But to my greatest suprise, it happens that Mr, Palmer, did not have anybody or other person left behind to stand as his NEXT OF KIN to this money ($18.580 Million). Now, since this man has no any other person left behind for the claim of this very huge sum of

money, as the NEXT OF KIN, i will want to liaise with you as a foreign partner in respect of this money, so that this huge sum ($18.580 Million) could be paid (Remitted) to you into your private bank account as the NEXT OF KIN to this our very good customer/ client (Mr, Palmer). For your information all the necessary arrangement has been put in place to ensure 100% success, while all the

mportant document that covers this money are also at my hand reach, as i have told you initially that i am a family friend to this very man (Mr, Palmer). In NUT-SHELL i will want you to stand as the next of kin to Mr, Palmer, so that we can get this money out from the WEMABANK Nig Plc, into your private bank account for safe-keeping pending my arrival for sharing in your country. It is very important you indicate your williness, so that i can send across to you all the necessary TEXT FORM document from the bank also talk on the issue of the sharing modalities as i have planned. Please this deal is of REAL, SECRECY and 100%risk-free. Bear in mind


that we are concluding this deal between 28 working days which is from the day of your positive response is being received. You are also required to send across your private telephone and fax number for easy communication and oral discussion, so as to avoid any delay. I come again, you are to stand as the next of kin(Relation) to this very man (Mr, Palmer) for the claim of this huge amount ($18.580M). Finally, 25% for your assistance, 50% for me, 5% for the re-

settlement of any expenses incured from both side while 20% will be invested in
the name of your company and care. Congratulations to you and your entire family.
yours sincerely.
Mr. GOODHEART, (Finance Manager).
WEMABANK Nig Plc.















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