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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: "ben martins" <benmartins111@msn.com>
Reply-To: benmartins_1@yahoo.com
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 13:47:22 +0000
Subject: Your Attention Needed

ATTN: BENEFICIARY,

NOTE: THE INFORMATION IN THIS MESSAGE AND IN ANY ATTACHMENTS CONTAINS
CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION AND IS INTENDED SOLELY FOR THE ATTENTION AND USE OF
THE NAMED, ADDRESS (S). AND AMOUNT NEEDED TO BE TRANSFERRED IS $36.3M.IT
MUST NOT BE DISCLOSED TO ANY PERSON (S) WITHOUT AUTHORIZATION. IF YOU ARE
NOT THE INTENDED RECIPIENT, OR A PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR DELIVERING IT TO THE
INTENDED RECIPIENT, YOU
ARE NOT AUTHORIZED TO AND MUST NOT, DISCLOSE, COPY, DISTRIBUTE, OR RETAIN
THIS MESSAGE OR ANY PART OF IT.

AFTER WAITING TO HEAR FROM YOU OR YOUR PARTNERS FOR A LONG TIME NOW, I
DECIDED TO MAKE THIS DIRECT APPROACH TO YOU IN OTHER NOT TO LET IT BE AS IF
I HAVE ANYTHING IN MINDAGAINST YOU. I DO NOT KNOW IF YOU HAVE ASKED YOURSELF
WHY EACH TIME THE RELEASE OF THESE FUND IS APPROVED, ALL OF A SUDDEN, THE
FUND WILL BE STOPPED OR ONE
PROBLEM OR THE OTHER WILL COME UP. IF YOU HAVE NOT ASKED THIS QUESTION OR
YOU DO NOT KNOW, THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR ME TO TELL YOU.SOME TIME AGO,
YOUR FRIEND I MEAN THE PEOPLE THAT INTRODUCED YOU TO THE PROJECT APPROACHED
ME THROUGH MY DEAR WHO WORKS WITH THE FEDERAL MINISTRY OF FINANCE AND
REQUESTED ME TO ASSIST THEM CONCLUDE A MONEY TRANSFER DEAL THEY HAD WITH
YOU, THEY REQUESTED ME TO

ASSIST THEM BY REMOVING THE ORIGINAL CONTRACTORS NAME, COMPANYS NAME AND
BANK PARTICULARS FROM CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA (CBN) VETTING COMPUTER AND
REPLACING THEM WITH YOUR NAME AND YOUR BANK DETAILS IN ORDER TOMAKE YOU
APPEAR AS THE RIGHTFUL BENEFICIARY OF THIS FUNDS.

I AGREED ON CONDITION THAT THEY WILL PAY ME $100,000.00 AS SOON AS YOUR NAME
APPEARS AS THE ENEFICIARY.I DID AS AGREED AND DEMANDED TO BE PAID BUT YOUR
FRIENDS STARTED TELLING ME STORIES. THEY EVEN TOLD ME THAT YOU PROMISE TO
SEND MONEY TO ME. DO YOU KNOW THAT UP TILL NOW, I HAVE NOT RECEIVED A SINGLE
CENT FROM THEM AND HAVE NOT SET MY EYES ON ANY OF THEM.BASED ON THEIR
ATTITUDE, I DECIDED TO STOP THE FUNDS RELEASE MOVEMENT BECAUSE I CANNOT BE
DENIED OF MY RIGHT IN MY OWN OFFICE CONSIDERING THE RISK AS IT MIGHT AFFECT
MY JOB. SECONDLY, I KNOW THE SOURCE OF THE FUNDS ALTHOUGH I AM THE ONLY
PERSON PRIVILEGED TO KNOW THIS INFORMATION IMMEDIATELY YOUR PARTNERS
DISCLOSED IT TO ME INORDER FOR ME TO APPROVE YOUR REMITTANCE SINCE I WORK
UNDER THEGOVERNOR OF THIS APEX BANK AND IT IS A FACT. WHY I AM MAKING THIS
CLEAR TO YOU IS THAT I CAN SEE THAT YOU ARE STILL MAKING EFFORTS
SPENDING MONEY IN ORDER TO CONCLUDE THIS PROJECT WITH THEM. NOW I AM READY
TO FORGET THE PAST THAT YOUR PARTNERS HAS TREATED ON ME,

I DO NOT NEED THE $100,000 ANY LONGER FROM YOU BUT A SHARE OF 5% OF THE
TOTAL SUM.
I NEED YOUR ASSURANCE THAT THOSE YOUR COLLEAGUES WILL BE TOTALLY KEEP OUT OF
THIS TRANSACTION, I KNOW THAT NONE OF THEM IS AWARE OF THIS TRANSACTION
AFTER TRYING THEIR BEST TO CONCLUDE IT WITHOUT MY CONSENT. FINALLY, I NEED
YOUR PROMISE THAT NO OFFICIAL OF THE CENTRAL BANK WILL BE AWARE OF MY
INVOLVEMENT IN THIS REGARD. NOW RE-ASSURE ME THAT YOU WILL BE WILLING TO
OFFER ME THE 5% OF THE FUND, THAT YOU WILL ASSIST ME TO ESTABLISH A FOREIGN
ACCOUNT IN YOUR COUNTRY WHERE MY SHARE WILL BE LODGED.

SO, IF YOU ARE READY TO RECEIVE THIS FUND PLEASE RE-CONFIRM TO ME THE
FOLLOWINGS:

1) YOUR FULL NAME.
2) PHONE, FAX AND MOBILE #.
3) COMPANY NAME, POSITION AND ADDRESS.
4) PROFESSION, AGE AND MARITAL STATUS.
5) COPY OF YOUR INT'L PASSPORT/DRIVING LICENSE

IF YOU ARE READY TO CONCLUDE THIS BUSINESS WITH ME, YOU CAN CONTACT ME
IMMEDIATELY SO THAT WE CAN HAVE CHAT OVER THIS ISSUE ONCE AND FOR ALL, TO
ENABLE US MOVE FORWARD. BUT IF THE REVERSE IS THE CASE, DO NOT BOTHER
YOURSELF TO REACH ME.

BEST REGARDS,

MR. BEN MARTINS.


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