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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: "Kate Hoey" <>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 13:54:17 +0000

Attention Please;

I Need your Assistance to transfer to overseas
($20,000.000.00USD) Twenty million United States Dollars) from a Prime
Bank here in UK, I am seeking a reliable and honest person who will be
capable and fit to provide either an existing bank account or set up a
new Bank account to receive this fund, even an empty account can serve
this purpose, or you help to seek an honest and, reliable businessman
who can assist us. I am Mrs. hoey Kate an accountant and bank manager,
during the course of our auditing I discovered a floating fund in a
domiciliary account opened in the bank in 1992 and since 1994 nobody
has operated on this account, after going through some old files in the
records I discovered that the owner of the account who is a foreigner
died without any traceable next of kin hence the dormant nature of the
account and if I do not remit this money out urgently it will be re-
channeled into the bank's reserve.
I suggest we start the first transfer with Ten million Dollars [$10,000.000]
and upon the successful transfer of the first $20million without hitches or
disappointment from
you I shall re-apply for the remittance of the balance of the fund to
your nominated account. I am only contacting you as a foreigner because
this money cannot be approved for a local account here and I am not
supposed to be in possession of such amount of dollars, but the fund
can only be approved to any foreigner or into a foreign account.
Suggest we meet face to face to get acquainted, as the fund in question
is a large one before we commence with transfer. I need your full co-
operation to make this work fine, as I will use my office to see that
the transaction is hitch free and I will use my office to ensure that
this transaction is accomplished.
Should this meet your interest, do
get back to me with you contact details so that I will have you briefed
more about this transaction.
On the conclusion of this business, you
will be given 30% of the total amount, 65% will be for me while 5% will
be for expenses both parties might have incurred during the process of
this transaction.

Best regards

Hoey Kate

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