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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:

Date: Sun, 23 Jul 2006 18:45:11 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Sub:Laying claim to neglected funds.

Hello Dear,

Sub:Laying claim to neglected funds.

First and foremost I apologized using this medium to reach you for a
transaction/business of this magnitude, but this is due to confidentiality and prompt access reposed on this medium.

In the spirit of reconciliation, we have set up a whole new reform which is devoid of infringement, a reform that is aimed at achieving sanity in the financial sector to boost our creditor's confidence. With the success so far recorded in barely six months into our existence, it has become obvious that the reform being embarked upon, represent a well thought strategy for moving the economy forward, and reconciling our creditors to the government.The Paris Club, IMF cum World Bank Group recently appluaded this strategy which prompted the debt relief given to the country.

The current trend in the country to fight official corruptions in high and low places left so many funds abandoned with my Bank particularly, some over invoiced contract payments and payment belonging to foreigners who died intestate.Right from the implementations of the ICPC -Independent Corrupt Practices and miscellaneous offences Commission Act and the EFCC-Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Act 2004; so many countless payment of this manipulations have been forwarded to my office for data updates,reconcilliations and review.

Some are verified and paid out to the legitimate claimants while others illegitimate claimants out of fear, complications and inconsistencies in the payment computer systerm outrightly abandoned the funds for lack of proper documentation.
All these funds goes into the Federal Reserve account as unclaimed.

Over 180 Million United States Dollars have been realized and signed out by my office to the Central Bank account as unclaimed following this trend.

My name is Mr. Jubaili Suleman,I am the Operational Manager in Account Section in charge of Credit and Foreign Bills of one of the prime banks Here in Nigeria,and that I am contacting you in a payment/Business review of a lingering transaction of a foreign customer of my Bank (MR. ANDREAS SCHRANNER from Munich, Germany) who died intestate amidst an uncredited approved payment of $42 Million USD United states Dollars Only,the money has been abandoned long ago owing to the sudden demise of the actual beneficiary,and this money was been payed into the Federal reserve/treasury account as unclaimed.

This payment is legal and have already been approved before the death of the beneficiary,and the above document with a certificate of ownership issued and authorized by the court will be immediately approved by my office for the payment to be effected into your bank account,At the conclusion of the transfer 65% of the fund
will be for us here, we would give you 30% of the total transfer sum, while the remaining 5% will be set aside to settle expenses both parties might incur during the transfer process

Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.

I await your response.

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