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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: "F J" <>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 03:52:47 +0200
Subject: Investment!!!

Barrister Faji Jibo,
99BM Stone Wall Street,
Newlands, Johannesburg,
South Africa.


Naturally, this letter will come to you as a surprise since we have not
meet. Permit me however I am Barrister Faji Jibo from South Africa, I am the
personal attorney to Late Dr.George Brumley. Am contacting you to kindly
assist me in the proposition below, which will be of mutual benefit to us

In one of the periodic auditing the Bank Management disproved a dormant
accounts with holding balance of $55,000,000.00(Fifty Five Million US
Doller) which has not been operated for the past three years. From my
investigations and confirmations, the owner of this account, a foreigner by
name Dr.George Brumley died in July 19,2003 go through this site for more
clarifications:, and since then nobody has
done anything as regards the claiming of this money because his family
members is not aware of the existence of neither the account nor the funds.

After years now, no withdrawer, claim or deposit was made on the account, so
the Bank Management inform me. (Being the lawyer that signed and indorsed
the deposit papers for the deceased) to trace the family relatives of the
deceased so that the funds will be released to them. I made several efforts
through the Kenya High Commission to contact any of the deceased family
relatives, but no avail.

The option left for the bank management is to declare the deceased account
dormant and to revert the funds on trading and investment in the interest of
the bank if nothing is done in the near future or it will be taken by
government treasury, top governmental official will pucket the fund and use
it to supprese the less privilage in the society.

In order to avoid this development since it has so far been impossible to
trace any of the deceased family relatives, I now want to get a foreigner to
have you stand as a distant relation of the deceased so that the fund will
be released to you and we can use it for investment and assist the charity
homes. I hope you do understand my concern in this matter and will treat
this proposal most confidential.

If you are interested in assisting with this matter, please send to me the
following details below;

1. Your full name and complete contact address.
2. Your private Telephone, mobile phone and fax number.
3. Any of your valid ID or passport.
4. Your bank account information

Upon receiving the above details from you, I will work out every document/
proof representing you as the deceased BONA-FIDE distant relative and when
this is done, the bank will contact you for the releasement and collection
of the fund, which will be within one week of my receiving the above details
from you. I will meet you in your country after the fund have been released
to you and also to discuss investment potentials.

I have done a perfect homework in all necessary legal documents that can be
used to back up any claim we may make and guarantee that this will be
executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any
breach of the law. Kindly ensure to treat this matter in strict privacy
(highly confidential) because of its nature as a God sent opportunity that
comes once in a man's life time.

I look forward to your urgent Response.

Cheers and God bless,

Best Regards

Barrister Faji Jibo.
LLB [Hons].

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