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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: "Paolo Abate" <>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 18:22:02 +0000


I am Mr. Paolo Abate, manager of Banca Intesa Private Banking Sector, Torino
Agenzia 3, Torino,
ITALY. What I wish to relate to you will smack of unethical practice but I
want you to understand
something pertinent. On June 6, 1997, Mr. Aloysius Han came to our Bank to
engage in business
discussions with our private banking Division. He told us that he had a
financial portfolio of
5.7 million USD, which he wished to have us turn over (invest) on his
behalf. Based on the
investment, we spun the money around which with accrued profit and interest
Stood at over 6.5
million United States Dollars. In mid 1999, he asked that the money be
liquidated because he
needed to make an urgent investment requiring cash Payments in Antwerp.

He directed that I liquidate the funds and Have it deposited with a firm in
Torino. I informed
him that Banca Intesa would have to make special arrangements to have this
done and in order not
to circumvent due process; the bank would have to make a 9.5 % deduction
from The funds to cater

for banking and statutory charges. He complained about the charges but later
came around when I
explained to him the complexities of the task he was asking of us. I
undertook all the processes
and made sure I followed his precise Instructions to the letter and had the
funds deposited at
the Torino based security Consultancy firm.

Mr. Aloysius Han told me he wanted the money there in anticipation of his
arrival from the U.S
later that week. This was the last communication we had, this transpired
around 29th October
1999. In November later that year, we got a call from the security firm
informing us about the
Inactivity of that particular portfolio. This was an astounding position as
far as I was

concerned; given the fact that I managed the private banking sector I was
the only one Who knew
about the deposit at Torino based firm and I could not understand Why Mr.
Aloysius Han, had not
come forward to claim his deposit. All of a sudden information trickled in,
apparently Mr.
Aloysius Han was dead. This was announced worldwide and below is the link
from the CNN
announcement of the Death of Mr. Aloysius Han and 87 others on board Alaska
Airlines Flight 261.

My bank immediately launched an investigation into possible Surviving next
of kin to alert about
the situation and also to come forward to claim his estate. This bank has
spent great an amount
of money trying to track this man’s family; they have investigated for
months and have found no
family. The investigation has come to an end.

My proposal

I am prepared to place you in a position to instruct Torino Based firm to
release the deposit to
you as the closest surviving relation. Upon receipt of the deposit, I am
prepared to share the
money with you in half. That is: I will simply nominate you as the next of
kin and have them
Release the deposit to you. We share the proceeds 60/40. I would have gone
ahead to ask the funds

be released to me, but that would have drawn a straight line to me and my
involvement in claiming
the deposit.

I assure you that I could have the deposit released to you within a few
days. I will simply
inform the bank of the final closing of the file relating to Mr. Aloysius
Han. I will then
officially communicate with a Torino based firm and instruct them to release
the deposit to you.
You can immediately contact me via the email address below


I am aware of the consequences of this proposal. I ask that if you find no
interest in this
project that you should discard this mail. I ask that you do not be
vindictive and destructive.
If my offer is of no appeal to you, delete this message and forget I ever
contacted you.

Best regards,

Paolo Abate.

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