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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: "kelvinabraham5" <>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 02:06:45 -0800
Subject: attend

From: The Desk of Mr,Kelvin Abraham,Reply through this box
Personal Assistance to the
The General Manager of Union Trust Bank Plc (Africa)
Dear friend,
I have a proposal for you, this however is not mandatory nor
will I in any manner compel you to honour against your will.
I am Mr Kelvin Abraham ,I work with a bank (Union Trust
Bank Plc, (AFRICA). Here in this bank existed a dormant
account for the past 8 years which belong to a American
national who is now late Mr Morris Thompson who died on
Alaska Airlines Flight 261.
More details about the deceased himself,you can check on
When I discovered that there had been no deposits nor
withdrawals from this account for this long period, I
decided to carry out a system investigation and discovered
that non of the family member nor relations of the deceased
is aware of this account. This is the situation in a
nutshell. Now I want an account where the bank will transfer
funds.Thereafter,I had planned to destroy all
relateddocuments for this account. It is a careful network
and for the past eleven months I have worked out everything
to ensure a hitch-free operation. The amount is not so much
at the moment and plus all the accumulated interest the
balance in
this account stands at-(US$10 million US dollars).Ten
million united state dollars. Now my questions are:-
1. Can you handle this project?
2. Can I give you this trust?
3. What will be your commission? If this transaction is
expected to you. Consider this and get back to me as soon as
possible.Finally, it is our humble prayer that the
information as contained herein be accorded the necessary
urgency as well as the secrecy it deserves. I Expect your
urgent response if you can handle this project.
Do know that this transaction is 100% risk & hitch free.
I am expecting your urgent response as soon as you receive
my message.Respectfully yours,Reply through this box
Mr,Kelvin Abraham

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