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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: "sarah williams" <>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 02:25:21 +0000


This e-mail message is from Mrs. Sarah Williams .This message is for the
sole use of the intended
recipient(s) and may contain confidential and privileged information. Any
review,use,distribution or disclosure by others is strictly prohibited.If
you are not the intended recipient (or authorized to receive for the
recipient),please contact the sender by reply
email and delete all copies of this message.

Greetings to you,

This letter must come to you as a big surprise, but I believe it is only a
day that people meet and become great friends and business partners.My name
is Mrs. Sarah Williams, the present branch Manager of a bank here in Nigeria
West Africa. I write you this proposal
in good faith, believing that I can trust you with the information I am
about to reveal to you. LikeI said, I have a transaction that will benefit
both of us, as your assistance is required as a foreigner.

I use to head the Accounts department in my bank head office, but last
December I was asked to take position of a Manager of our branch in Lagos
who passed on,so that was how I became the present Manager and discovered a
fortune. As I resumed duty, I discovered an account with total sum of $12.5
million that has not been operated on for the past 4 years.From my
investigation,I found out that this account belongs to one Late Mr. Ziya
Bazhayev a Russian big time
Oildealer, who unfortunately lost his life in the Yak-40jetliner on March 9,
2000. You will read more
news about the crash on visiting these site;

I have kept a close monitoring of the account since then and nobody has come
forward to claim the money as next of kin to the late Mr. Ziya Bazhayev
meaning that no one is aware of the account. I can not directly take out
this money without the help of a foreigner and that is why I am contacting
you for an assistance to claim the funds and share it with me. As the
Manager of my bank branch, I have the power to influence the release of the
funds to any foreigner
that comes up as the next of kin to the account, with the correct
information concerning the account, which I shall give you.I am seeking your
co -operation to present you as the next of kin to the account.

There is practically no risk involved, the transaction will be executed
under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of
law.If you accept to work with me, I want you to state how you wish us to
share the funds in percentage, so that both parties will be satisfied.
Contact me as soon as you receive this message if you feel we can work
together,so as to give you more details.

Thanking you in advance and may God bless you.

Please, treat with utmost confidentiality.

I wait your urgent response.


Mrs. Sarah Williams


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