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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: "MARK BOLAND" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 20 Mar 2006 14:03:41 -0800

101 Moorgate
London, EC2M 6SB

Dear Friend,

I am Mr. Mark Boland, Manager of ABN AMRO BANK 101
Moorgate, London, EC2M 6SB.

I have an urgent and very confidential business proposition for you. On
July 20, 2001; Mr. Zemenu Gente, a National of France, who used to be
a private contractor with the Shell Petroleum Development Company in
Saudi Arabia. Mr. Zemenu Gente Made a Numbered time (Fixed deposit)
for 36 calendar months, valued at GBP£30, 000,000.00 (Thirty Million
Pounds only) in my Branch.

Upon maturity in 2004, I sent a routine notification to his forwarding
address but got no reply. After a month, we sent a reminder and finally
we discovered from his contract employers, Shell Petroleum Development
Company in Saudi Arabia that Mr. Zemenu Gente, his wife with their
three children were involved in an auto crash, all occupants of the vehicle
unfortunately lost their lives during one of his trips to his country France.

On further investigation, I found out that he died without making a WILL,
and all attempts to trace his next of kin was fruitless. I therefore made further
investigation and discovered that Mr. Zemenu Gente did not declare any next
of kin or Relations in all his official documents, including his Bank Deposit
paperwork in my Bank. The sum of GBP£30,000,000.00 have been floating
as unclaimed since 2001 in my bank as all efforts to get his relatives have hit
the stones. According to the British law at the expiration of 5 (FIVE) years,
the money will revert to the ownership of the British Government if nobody
applies to claim the fund and the FIVE years is the end of JUNE 2006.

Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 2 years now,
I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin / Will Beneficiary to the
deceased so that the proceeds of this account valued at GBP£30,000,000.00
can be transferred/paid to you.This will be disbursed or shared in these
percentages, 60% to me and 40% to you.

I have all necessary legal documents that can be used to back up any claim
we may make. All I require is your honest Co-operation, Confidentiality and
A trust to enable us sees this transaction through. I guarantee you that this will
be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any
breach of the law. Please get in touch with me urgently by E-mail and Provide
me with the following;

1. Full Name
2. Your Telephone Number and Fax Number
3. Your Contact Address.

Your urgent response will be highly anticipated and appreciated.

Best regards,

Mr. Mark Boland

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