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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: "Mr. Benson Saka" <bensonsaka@yahoo.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 20:30:45 +0900
Subject: Your Quick Response Needed

FROM: MR. BENSON SAKA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR; NATIONAL INSURANCE COMPANY. Send Reply To. bensonsaka@yahoo.co.uk My Dear Friend, I feel quite safe dealing with you in this mutual beneficail transaction. Though, this medium (Internet) has been greatly abused, I choose to reach you through it because it still remains the fastest, surest and most secured medium of communication. However, this correspondence is purely private, and it should be treated as such. I also guarantee you that this deal is hitch free from all what you may think of. I am MR. BENSON SAKA, Executive Director incharge of Claims and Indemnity of NATIONAL Insurance Company. I am contacting you based on Trust and confidentiality that will be attached to this deal for the benefit of both of us. The Management and the Legal / Treasury Department of this NATIONAL Insurance Company in a recent meeting, recommended that the account of MR. ROBERT FINKELSTEIN, who maintained a Life Assurance Policy, should be declared Dormant and confisticated hence moving his unclaimed benefits funds to the Treasury according to our Banking and Financial law. Recently, I came across a very huge sum of money belonging to a deceased person (MR. ROBERT FINKELSTEIN). He is foreigner, unfortunately He is now late as he was amongst those that was Killed in the recent plane crash, as you can confirm through this website http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/859479.stm This man when alive was our client and has a Life Assurance Policy WORTH the sum of Forty Five Million United States Dollars (US$45,000,000.00). Right now, the fund is lying unclaimed in our custody and there is NO next of kin mentioned in his file and there is NO HOW we can reach any of his other relatives. All efforts made by us to establish contacts with any other of his relation has proved abortive and unsuccessful. His Life Assurance Policy will expire in the next few months from the date of this letter. Just last week we received an instruction from Ministry of Social Welfare to forward particulars of all unclaimed benefits that will expire in the next few months. Upon my personal finding on this matter, I kept this information secret to myself until now that I am contacting you. In view of the fact that the deceased customer is a foreigner (from a different country), it is Officially important for the involvement of a foreigner who will pose as a next-of-kin. I will use my exalted position in this Insurance Company to present you as his Next of Kin as you can be his relative, friend or Cousin and the Money (US$45Million) will be Safely transfered into your own bank account in your country. Please include your telephone/fax number/ Home Address when replying this mail and I will give you more information as soon as you indicate your willingness to assist in this viable transaction. I will use my exalted position here with my two other insider officials to get all internal documentations to back up the claims. The whole Procedures will last only 21 working days to get the fund retrieved successfully Without trace even in future. Please I need the following: 1. YOUR FULL NAME 2. PHONE AND FAX NUMBER 3. HOME ADDRESS/COMPANY'S NAME AND ADDRESS. 4. YOUR AGE AND OCCUPATION The transaction will be done successfully and smoothly completed via email and telephone. You don't need to come to my country. Send your full name, address and telephone number to me via email urgently today so that I will call you for discussions. I PROMISE that you must be happy and shall rejoice greatly soonest for cooperation with me in this transaction. After successful conclussion of this transaction, we shall share the money (30% for you and 60% for me and other two officials , 10% for expence made for both ends, we give you this percentage because of your important role. ). I await your good response today. Thanks and remain blessed. I require you to maintain the confidentiality of this transaction because it is important due to the fact that I am still in active services to the NATIONAL INSURANCE COMPANY. Your earliest response to this matter is very important. I AM WAITING YOUR REPLY TODAY. Kind Regards, MR. BENSON SAKA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR; NATIONAL Insurance Send Reply To:bensonsaka@yahoo.co.uk.

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