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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: "des morgan" <>
Date: Tue, 06 Sep 2005 09:07:03 -0400
Subject: Bruce Gibson

Gibson & Associates
55 Buckingham Palace Rd.

Dear Sir/Madam,

The inspiration to contact you is simply divine providence, I am making this
proposition because I have to seek the partnership of a resource person to
help me realize this project. I Bruce Gibson,esq.a solicitor and investment
consultant based in London, united kingdom.

I was attending a business luncheon in Berlin, Germany and I got introduced
to the renowned German businessman and property mogul, Mr.Andreas Schranner
(of the blessed memory).
He engaged my services as attorney and investment consultant and my primary
assignment was to spearhead his investment forays in the United Kingdom.
Three months later I invited him to London and under my professional
guidance and based on my advice he made a fixed deposit of 26,500,000,00
million pounds sterling at a financial institution.

This deposit was for 2years and upon maturity I made effort to contact my
client, I could not reach him or any member of his family. I was forced to
travel to Germany and there I got the tragic news that on July 25 2000, my
client Mr. Andreas schranner, his wife Maria, their daughter Eich and
husband Christian and their two children perished in the air France Concorde
new York bound flight;

Please Click here and find out what happened to the family

I have made efforts to locate any member of his family since then with
strong biological links to my late client without success. The search to
find a close relation is one that has consumed time and resources.

The institution is asking me to either present a next of kin to late Mr.
Andreas Schranner or forfeit the deposit.My proposal is to package, present
you as next of kin to late Mr.Andreas Schranner and process the fixed
deposit and transfer custody to you for our mutual benefit. My capacity as
solicitor/investment consultant to my late client gives me the discretion to
package and transfer the deposit to you. I will give you 40% for your
effort, 60% for me it will amount to injustice if I do not take this
decisive step to secure this deposit, and invest it.

The late schranner was also a friend in addition to our business
relationship. I will wait for your
reaction and response and then together we can jumpstart this project and
nurture it to reality.

I await your respond
Bruce Gibson

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