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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: "harry marshal" <>
Date: Sat, 24 Jun 2006 09:49:15 -0700
Subject: Get Back


My name is Mr Harry Marshal , An Auditing officer with United Trust Fund
London UNITED KINGDOM. I have an urgent and very confidential business
proposition for you. On January 1, 2005, an Arab Merchant, MR. ALALI NASSER,
made a numbered time (Fixed) Deposit for twelve calendar months, valued at
US$14,500,000.00 (Fourteen Million Five hundred Thousand United States
Dollars only) with a bank In Madrid Spain Through our Trust Fund. Upon
maturity, I sent a routine notification to his forwarding address in London
but got no reply. After some months, we sent a reminder and finally we
discovered from his business partner that MR. ALALI NASSER died from an
automobile accident while on a business trip. On further investigation, I
found out that he died without making a WILL concerning this deposit , and
all attempts to trace his next of kin was fruitless.

I therefore made further investigation and discovered that He did not
declare any next of kin or relations in all his official documents,
including his Bank Deposit paperwork . The said amount is still intact with
the 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, I am contacting
you since you are an Arab and your company Has a base in the same region
with Him to stand as the next of kin .I would want you to send to me as a
matter of urgency your full names and address,phone and fax numbers so that
I will prepare the necessary documents and affidavits that will put you in
place as the next of kin.

I shall obtain the necessary documents and letter of probate/administration
in your favor for the transfer. A bank account in any part of the world that
you will provide will then facilitate the transfer of this money to you as
the beneficiary/next of kin.
The money will be paid into your account for us to share in the ratio of 50%
for me and 50% for you . There is no risk at all as all the paperworks for
this transaction will be done by me and with my position as an
Auditor,guarantees the successful execution of this transaction.

Upon your response, I shall then provide you with more details and relevant
documents that will help you understand the transaction. Please send me your
confidential telephone and fax numbers for easy communication. You should
observe utmost confidentiality, and Be rest assured that this transaction
would be most profitable for both of us because I shall require your
assistance to invest my share in your country.

Thank you in anticipation of your urgent reply.
Best regards,
Harry Marshal

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