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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: "JUDE GANGA(" <> (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 25 Jun 2006 13:55:00 +0200

Dear sir,

A National of United State of America (Engr.michealle david )
who used to work
with shell/oil Development Company as the chief
Engineer died through a
car accident along Vianna Express way in Vianna-
Austria, All occupants of the vehicle
unfortunately lost their lives, including Engr.michealle david
wife and three
children. Since then I have made several enquiries to
the US embassy to
locate any of my late clients extended relatives, this
has also proved
unsuccessful. After these several unsuccessful
attempts, I decided to
trace his relatives over the Internet, to locate any
member of his family
but of no avail, hence I'm contacting you to assist in
repatriating the
money that belong to my late client before they get
confiscated or
declared unserviceable by the bank where this huge
deposits were lodged.

Particularly, the Bank where the late Engr.michealle david had
an account valued
at about USD$10.5 million dollars has issued me a
notice today base on
the fact that late Engr michealle david was my client, to
provide the next of kin or
have the account confiscated within the next ten
official working days.
Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the
relatives for over 4
years, I am now seeking, your consent to present you
as the next of kin of
the deceased,
so that the proceeds of his account valued at $10.5
million dollars can be paid to your account and then
you and me can share
the money. After due transfer of the fund into your
nominated bank
account, we shall share it according to the ratio of
40% for me, 60% for you,
Endeavor to forward me the below information so as to
enable us
proceed with the application procedure to the bank.

1. Your full names
2. Contact address
3. Telephone and fax number
4. Age
5. Profession

All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us
seeing this deal
through. I guarantee that this will be executed under
a legitimate
arrangement that will protect you from any breach of
the law. Kindly gets
in touch with me so as to enable me obtain the text of
application for
legacy claim in your name, for you to apply directly
to the bank where
the fund was deposited.

Best regards


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