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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: "Udom Emmanuel" <>
Date: Sat, 07 Jan 2006 01:08:13 +0000
Subject: From the Desk of: Mr.udom emmanuel

>From the Desk of: Mr.udom emmanuel
(General Manager& Group Head of Income}
Banking with ZENITH BANK PLC

Dear Friend,

Permit me to introduce myself to you. My name is Mr.udom emmanuel, General
Manager& Group Head of Income}Banking with ZENITH BANK PLC,
Nigeria.Lagos-Nigeria. This letter may come to you as a surprise since it is
coming from someone you have not met before and due to high volume of Spam
mail that goes around the world through this means but I have no other
than to send it to you through the internet means, Therefore, I will
appreciate it if you honor it and give me all your trust and full
co-operation. I came to know about you in my private search for a reliable
person/company to handle a confidential transaction on behalf of my
Colleagues and myself.

As a matter of fact, I got your contact from the world trade center (WTC)
Regional office in Lagos, Nigeria.Although the details of my
intention was not made known to them.


A America Mr. Morris Thompson who is an America Oil consultant/contractor
with NNPC had in our Bank the sum of US$13.m in a domiciliary account
Number:14-2558-2004,who unfortunately lost his life in the plane crash of
Alaska Airlines Flight 261 which crashed on January 31 2000,
including his wife and only daughter leaving nobody to claim the money.

He named his wife, as the next of kin. Unfortunately, two of them died in
a plane crash you can confirm it yourself via website :

Efforts had been made by the management of my Bank through the American
Embassy in Lagos to contact any of the deceased children but to no avail, as
we were made to understand that the couple had no children.

Given the skeletal information available to the Bank, it has so far been
impossible to reach any of the relatives. The option left for the Bank
management is to declare the deceased account dormant and revert the funds
trading on behalf of and in the interest of the Bank.

In Nigeria, and almost all other parts of African continent, when Banks
acquire funds such as that of Mr. Morris Thompson, they are required by law
to donate 30% of the funds on acquisition to The Trust Fund For Arms And

Arms and ammunitions purchased with funds from the Trust Fund are used to
further enhance the course of war in Africa and invariably urbulence of some
sort in the world in general. It is therefore in order to avoid/avert and
discourage this negative development that my Colleagues and I now seek your
assistance to have you stand as a distant relative {Next Of Kin} to Mr.
Morris Thompson, so that the funds would be released to you.

All documents and proofs to enable you get
the funds will be carefully packaged once we receive your consent on this
proposal. May I ssured you that this Transaction is 100% safe and risk-free,
as we have taken care of all necessary modalities to ensure a
hitch-free transaction.

I have the authority of my pa rtners i! nvolved in this transaction to
propose that should you be willing to assist us in the transaction your
share would be 40% of the US$13.million, 60% for us. I have reposed my
confidence in you and hope that you will not disappoint me.

Best Regards.
Mr.udom emmanuel
{General Manager& Group Head of Income}.
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such as 1 your full name
2 telephone number
3 fax number
4. address
and other relevant informations
thanks and GOD BLESS

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