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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: "johnson williams" <>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 00:20:27 +0000

cemac Bank of africa plc.
(bank for International Settlement)
headquarters complex cotonou,
republic of benin.



Iam the head of Operations cemac Bank of africa plc.
Sometime in 1986, a certain man Mr.kelly smith brought a luggage marked
family treasure to me for safe-keeping in our bank.I met the man in 1980 in
America and he introduced himself as a SHIP CAPTAIN.

We became intimate more when he realized my profession,there and then, he
informed me about the consignment. However, I did not take it so serious not
until he brought the box to my office.I assisted him in depositing the
treasure and CERTIFICATE OF DEPOSIT issued to him.

However,he saw me as someone trustworthy and decidedto hand-over the
document to me for safe-keeping. He left back to his country, though he is
always on the Sea being a Sailor.All our correspondence was through
telephone.Our discussion stopped since last year when I called his telephone
number, andbehold someone else had bought over the telephone. the new
told me that Mr. kelly smith died along-side, his wife and only two children
at the World Trade Centre during the BIN-LADEN bomb blast, in America.

This news shocked me so much that MR. kelly smith did not leave any of his
contact address or next of kin,and since then all plans to trace any of
hisrelatives proved abortive.Honestly, I became confused, and resorted to
informing my colleague in the office, who suggested that we should open the
box a little to know the content proper.

The box was carefully opened and GUESS WHAT? BILLS OF ONE HUNDRED UNITED
STATE DOLLARS, denomination carefully defaced. I and my colleague agreed and
secretly took the box out from the bank anddeposited it with a security
company here. We have concluded plans to invest the money total eight
million united staed dollars $8m(USD) out of cotonou republic of benin and
required anassistancefrom a Would-be Trustworthy Over-Seas Partner who will
help us
receive the money overseas.

If you can assist us, we can arrange and bring the moneyto your country by
the help of Diplomats, for investment. I and mycolleague has agreed to give
you 30% of the total sum. Be rest-assured that the transaction is 100%
risk-free and your urgent response is highly needed.
So we cannot look for another person.

Best regards,

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