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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "FRANK JEFFERY" <frankjerrey@msn.com>
Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2006 13:21:29 +0000
Subject: I NEED YOUR PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL HELP!!!

DEAR FRIEND
  
COMPLIMENTS OF THE SEASON.I AM THE BRANCH MANAGER OF ALLSTATE TRUST BANK OF NIGERIA PLC LAGOS STATE BRANCH. I AM WRITING IN RESPECT OF A FOREIGN CUSTOMER OF MY BANK(MR.WAHAB DANIEL)WITH ACCOUNT NUMBER ATS1022002-109 WHO PERISHED WITH HIS FAMILY IN AN AUTO CRASH IN ABUJA EXPRESSWAY,IN NIGERIA, ON THE 17TH OF JUNE 2000.
 
 SINCE THE DEMISE OF MR DANIEL,I PERSONALLY HAVE WATCHED WITH KEEN INTEREST TO SEE THE NEXT OF KIN. BUT ALL HAS PROVED ABORTIVE AS NO ONE HAS COME TO CLAIM HIS FUNDS OF US$6.23M,SIX MILLION,TWO HUNDRED AND THIRTY THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS,HAS BEEN WITH OUR BANK HERE FOR A VERY LONG TIME, WHICH HAS ACCUMULATED SOME INTEREST.
 
ON THIS NOTE I DECIDED TO SEEK FOR YOU, YOUR NAME SHALL BE USED AS THE NEXT OF KIN,AS NO ONE HAS COME UP TO PUT CLAIM AS THE NEXT OF KIN TO THIS FUNDS AND THE BANKING ETHICS HERE DOES NOT ALLOW SUCH MONEY TO STAY MORE THAN FOUR YEARS,BECAUSE AFTER FOUR YEARS THE MONEY WILL BE CALLED BACK TO THE BANK TREASURY AS UNCLAIMED BILL..
 
I AM CONVINCED IN MY MIND THAT YOUR NAME COULD BE USED AS THE NEXT OF KIN TO THIS CLAIM.THE REQUEST OF THE FOREIGNER AS A NEXT OF KIN IN THIS BUSINESS IS OCCASIONED BY THE FACT THAT THE CUSTOMER WAS A FOREIGNER AND A NIGERIAN CANNOT STAND AS THE NEXT OF KIN TO A FOREIGNER.
 
I HAVE AGREED TO SHARE THIS MONEY WITH YOU IN THE MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING OF 70%/30%.YOU KEEP 30% WHILE I KEEP 70%,THEREAFTER I WILL VISIT YOUR COUNTRY, FOR DISBURSEMENT AS I AM ALMOST DUE FOR RETIREMENT.
 
THEREFORE TO ENDEAVOR THE IMMEDIATE TRANSFER OF THIS FUNDS TO YOUR ACCOUNT,YOU HAVE TO APPLY FIRST TO THE BANK AS THE NEXT OF KIN TO THE DECEASED INDICATING BY SENDING AN APPLICATION AND LOCATION WHERE THE MONEY WILL BE REMITTED.
 
I WILL NOT FAIL TO BRING TO YOUR NOTICE THAT THIS BUSINESS IS HITCH FREE AND THAT YOU SHOULD NOT ENTERTAIN ANY FEAR AS THE WHOLE REQUIRED ARRANGEMENT AS BEEN PERFECTED FOR THE TRANSFER.
 
THIS IS MY PRIVATE EMAIL ADDRESS(f_jeffery@yahoo.com) DO NOT HESITATE TO REPLY ME THROUGH THIS EMAIL ADDRESS IF YOU ARE INTERESTED.
THIS IS THE DETAILS OF THE PROPOSAL.
KIND REGARDS.
MR FRANK JEFFERY. 

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