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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: frank shaffa <>
Date: Sat, 24 Jun 2006 09:21:40 -0700 (PDT)

However I got your contact through the International web directory.I decided to contact you
by email because I feel that it is more secured and private.In my department, we discovered an abandoned sum of $10.8 Million US Dollars (TEN MILLION EIGHT HUNDRED THOUSAND US DOLLARS ONLY). In an account that belongs to one of our foreign customers who died along with his entire family in September, 2001 in a plane crash.
Since we got information about his death, we have been expecting his next of Kin to come over and claim his money because we can not release it unless somebody applies for it as next of Kin or relation to the deceased as indicated in our banking and financial policies but unfortunately we learnt that his supposed next of kin or relation died along side with him in the accident leaving no body behind to claim the money.

It is therefore upon this discovery that I and other officials in my department now decided to make this business proposal to you and release the money to you as the next of kin or relation to the deceased for safety and subsequent disbursement since nobody is coming for it and we don’t want this money to go into the Bank treasury as unclaimed bills.

The Banking law and guideline here stipulates that if such money remained unclaimed after five years, the money will be transferred into the Bank treasury as unclaimed fund.The request for a foreigner as next of kin in this business is occasioned by the fact that the customer was a foreigner and an indigene cannot stand as next of kin to the deceased family.

We agreed that 20% of this money will be for you a foreign partner,in respect to the provision of a foreign account, 5% will be set aside for expense incurred during this transaction 2% will be used for charitable services and the balance would be for me and my colleagues. Thereafter I and my colleagues will visit your country for disbursement according to the percentages indicated.

Therefore, to enable the immediate transfer of this fund to you as arranged,note: upon the receipt of your reply,an Application will be forwarded to you for you to fill carefully and fax to our bank for immediate payment of the fund to your bank account.

I will not fail to bring to your notice that this transaction is hitch free and that you should not entertain any atom of fear as all required arrangements have been made for the transfer.

You should contact me as soon as you receive this important letter. I decided to contact you as you have products of interest in your part of the world where we can invest our own percentage to avoid peoples awareness as we are civil servants. We can conclude this operation within ten banking days.Please keep this very confidential.

Contact me for more information,all confirmable before you apply if you want.

May God be with you. Trusting to hear from you shortly for a detailed information which are confirmable before you can makeup your mind to apply.

Kindly reply me at (

Your's faithfully,
Mr. FrankShaffa

Tel.00228-9389470.please call me after reading.

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