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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: "Mr. Frank Ibru" <>
Date: Wed, 1 Feb 2006 15:05:39 -0800 (PST)

From the Desk Of Mr. Frank Ibru.
Tel.No: +44-7024-06-7976
Urgent Assistance.

Attn: Anslinger.

I am Frank Ibru, Personal Accountant to the late Mr Patrick Anslinger, A foreign construction engineer who was resident here in London-U.K. My client died with his family while on Vacation at Phuket Island in Thailand in December 2004.Asia Earth Quake Disaster(TSUNAMI DISASTER) ,I received a phone call as his Personal Accountant which broke the tragic news of my clients death in the Tsunami disaster. Since then I have made several enquiries to locate any of his extended relatives.This has proved unsuccessful.l got your contact from the United Kingdom Chambers and Commence .

I contacted you to assist me. I seek your consent and assistance in Repatriating money left behind by my late client before it gets confiscated or declared Unserviceable by my bank directors where the deposit is lodged. The Deposit is valued US$9,500, 000.00 (nine million, five hundred and Fifty thousand united states dollars only) and it is lodged with the Bank here in London.

The bank has issued me an ultimatum to present a next-of-kin of the deceased to inherit the Funds or have the account declared serviceable today. The board of directors of my bank adopted a resolution and i was Mandated to provide his next of kin for the payment of this money Within 28 working days or forfeit the money to the bank as an abandoned Property. The directors of my bank had planned to invoke the abandoned Property decree of 1996 to confiscate the funds after the expiration of The period given to me as the personal accountant.

I hereby seek your consent to present you to my bank as next-of-kin of the deceased, so That the proceeds of this account valued us$9,500,000.00 can be Transferred to you as inheritance, and thereafter you and i will share The money; 50% to me and 45% to you, while 5% will be for any expenses We Made on this transaction.

I have necessary legal documents that will be used to support claim of The inheritance from my bank as the Next Of Kin. All i require is your honest co-operation To enable us see the transaction through. I guarantee that the transaction Will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from Any breach of the law.

To commence the process of claiming the funds, i will require the Following information from you,
1. Your full names.
2. Your telephone and Fax Numbers.
3. Your contact address.
4. Your date of birth.
5. Your occupation.

As soon as i receive this information i will file-in a formal application to my bank for the inheritance in your name as next- of-kin of the deceased That will enable the managements to process the transaction with you as Beneficiary and remit the funds in your name as (inheritor).

Urgent reply to:
And my Private Tel.No: +44-7024-06-7976

Thank you.
Yours Faithfully,
Mr. Frank Ibru.

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