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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: "Frank Barry" <>
Date: Tue, 27 Dec 2005 11:37:32 -0900


Dear Friend,

My name is Mr. FRANK Barry, I work in a bank here in the United
Kingdom.I am contacting you for a pending business transaction,
relating to a deceased client of mine. Though I know that a
transaction of this magnitude will make any one apprehensive
considering the fact that we have not meet each other before,
However, I am assuring you that everything has been taken care
of and all will be well at the end of the day.
I decided to contact you due to the urgency of this transaction.
I was the account officer of a deceased foreigner named Gerald Welsh
died in an air crash along with his wife on The 31st October 1999 in
an Egyptian airline 1990 with other passengers on board. Since his
death, none of his relations are alive to lay claims to this
funds because they all died in the same plane crash,
(May Their souls Rest In Peace).

This funds will not be release from his account untill someone
applied for claim
as the next-of-kin to the deceased. At that period he had
$14,210.045m (Fourteen Million Two Hundred and Ten Thousand US
Dollars Only)
in his account. After five years the money was called back to the
bank treasury as unclaimed based on our financial regulations and the
shared amongst the directors of the bank, which has already been
done by the directors
early this year.

Consequently,based on the relationship I share with the deceased
(Gerald Welsh) he told me of a diamond business he had to do
and left in my care a "CERTIFICATE OF DEPOSIT" $8.4M (Eight Million
Four Hundred Thousand US Dollars Only). which he used to lodge the
funds in a security company in europe which is to the tune
ofNote: that I decided to seek for whom his/her name shall be used as
the next of kin/beneficiary to claim the funds at the security
company rather than allow the funds to lay unclaimed. It may interest
you to know that i have secured from the probate an order of mandamus
to locate any of the deceased beneficiaries again and no one was
Please acknowledge receipt of this message in acceptance of our
mutual business Endeavor by furnishing me with the following
information if you
are interested, in order for me to prepare the Document in your name.
1. Full name and Address
2. Direct Telephone and Fax numbers
to contact and to have mutual trust in each other.
I shall be compensating you with 30% percent of the whole funds on
final conclusion of this project for your assistance, while the
balance of 70% shall be for me for investment purposes. If this
proposal is acceptable by you, please endeavor tocontact me
Immediately. Do not take undue advantage of the trust I have bestowed
in you. I await your urgent email. And pleases endeavour to reply
through my e-mail address:
Thank you and God bless.



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