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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: "james gruba" <>
Date: Tue, 16 May 2006 07:56:16 -0400
Subject: a friend

Mr James Gruba.
Bank of Africa
Boulevard Jean Paul II 08
Cotonou, Benin Republic.

I am Mr James Gruba, head of Auditing, Bank of
Africa Benin.On Wednesday 19 April,2000 one Mr.
Andreas Schranne,German National, a property magnate,
whom I was his accounting officer made a numbered time
(Fixed) Deposit, valued at $9,600,000.00 (Nine
Million, six Hundred Thousand United states dollars)
for twelve calendar months in my Bank Branch.
Upon Maturity, we sent a routine notification to his
forwarding address but got no reply. After a month, we
sent a
reminder and finally we discovered that Mr.Andreas
Schranne, his wife and only daughter was aboard the
AF4590 plane, which crashed Monday, 31 July, 2000 into
Hotelissimo.You can read more about the crash on
visiting this site
My investigation proved that he died with his
next of kin (the daughter Mrs.Andrea Eich) in the
crash. The total sum, $9,600,000.00 is still in my
bank and the interest is
being rolled over with the principal sum at the end of
each year. No one will ever come forward to claim it.
Consequently, I shall present you to stand in as the
next of kin to the late Mr. Andreas Schranne.
Consequently, upon acceptance of this proposal, I will
give you detailed information on how this deal would
be carried out.
The money will be shared in the ratio: sixty five
percent (65%)
for me, thirty five percent (35%) for you.
I guarantee that this will be executed under
legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any
breach of the law as I will use my position as the
Bank's head of Auditors and his accounting officer to
secure approvals and guarantee the successful
execution of this transaction. Please be informed that
your utmost confidentiality is required. On your reply
include your

(1)Private telephone/fax number.
(2)Your full name
(3) Your full address

Awaiting your urgent reply via

Best regards,

Mr James Gruba.

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