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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: "Paul Derreumaux" <>
Date: Wed, 09 Nov 2005 11:00:14 +0000
Subject: Paul Derreumaux*

Good Day,

I got your address through my secretary's search on the
international directory when I was looking for a foreigner who
will assist me to achieve a great success business that will
yeild us life success. Before I wrote you,I prayed that you will
be a honest and reliable person whom I can work with to achieve
this deal of our life.

This is my proposal for you - it is however not mandatory nor
will I in any manner compel you to honour against your wish.
Am a 52 year old man, an Administrateur Délégué with a highly
placed Security Company, (one of the African apex Security
Companies in the West Coast).

Here in our Security Company, there is a DEPOSIT of FUNDS made
under the custody of the COMPANY which belongs to one of our
Customers, a German national who is now late. He died with the
entire famillies,on 25TH JULY,2000 on CONCORDE PLANE CRASH[Flight
AF4590] with the whole passengers aboard.The name of the deceased
man is (MR. ANDREAS SCHRANNER) from Munich,Germany. He was a
consultant and industrialist with a Mineral and Mining Industrial
Department as I saw from his file with us in our SECURITY COMPANY.

You have to understand that I came acrossed this huge amount of
money when I was arranging the departmental customers file to
submit to the DIRECTOR OF OUR SECURITY COMPANY for the annual audit
of the year. Since we, the SECURITY COMPANY got information about
the death of the deceased man, the COMPANY have been expecting his
next of kin to apply and claim his FUNDS because the SECURITY
COMPANY cannot release the FUNDS unless a person from any foreign
countries apply for the release of the FUNDS as the next of kin or
relation to the deceased as indicated in our COMPANY guidelines but
unfortunately, I learnt through investigations that he died
alongside with his family at the plane crash leaving nobody behind
for the claim. It is therefore upon this discovery that I now
decided to make this business proposal to you so that you will
apply to our SECURITY COMPANY to release the FUNDS to you as the
next of kin or relation for safety and subsequent sharing since
nobody is coming for it.

It is a careful network and for the past eleven months I have
gradually worked out everything to ensure a hitch-free operation.
The amount is US$18.7 million US dollars which include all the
accumulated interest in the account.

As regards to this Project, I have done all the underground work
for the quick release of the FUNDS to you. The only thing which you
are to do is to come down to COTONOU-REPUBLIQUE DU BENIN to sign
some related documents with our SECURITY COMPANY as the next of
kin/beneficiary of the FUNDS before the release of the FUNDS to
you. Secondly, you are to open a new account here in my COUNTRY
once your arrival to enable our SECURITY COMPANY to pay in the
MONEY there, then after their payment you can then re-transfer the
your Choice in OVERSEAS.

Now my questions are:-

1. Can you handle this project?
2. Can we give you this trust?
3. What will be your commission?
4. Remember, You must come down to COTONOU-REPUBLIQUE DU BENIN for
the final release of the FUNDS.

Consider this and get back to me as soon as possible with your

Finally, it is my humble prayer that the information as contained
herein be accorded the necessary attention, urgency as well as the
secrecy it deserves.

I Expect your urgent response if you can handle this project.

Reply me at:

Best Regards,
M. Paul Derreumaux.

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