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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: Union Bank <rfesq1@myway.com>
Reply-To: rfesq4@myway.com
Date: 24 Oct 2006 03:39:45 +0300
Subject: PRIVATE AND URGENT.

Content-Type: text/plain

Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit




From: ROLAND FALEYE.

Bills & Exchange Manager

UNION BANK NIG PLC.

MARINA, LAGOS.

Tel:+234-802-622-3132



Attention;





PRIVATE AND URGENT.



I am contacting you in regards to a business transfer

of a huge sum of money from a deceased account. Though

I know that a transaction of this magnitude will make

anyone apprehensive and worried, but I am assuring you

that all will be well at the end of the day. We

decided to contact you due to the urgency of this

transaction.



PROPOSITION;



We discovered an abandoned sum of (Nine Million United

states Dollars) in an account that belongs to one of

our foreign customers who died along with his entire

family.



Since his death, none of his next-of-kin or relations

has come forward to lay claims to this money as the

heir. We cannot release the fund from his account

unless someone applies for claim as the next-of-kin to

the deceased as indicated in our banking guidelines.

Upon this discovery, we now seek your permission to

have you stand as a next of kin to the deceased as all

documentations will be carefully worked out by us for

the funds (Nine Million United states Dollars) to be

released in your favor as the beneficiary's next of

kin.



It may interest you to note that we have secured from

the probate an order of madamus to locate any of

deceased beneficiaries. Please acknowledge receipt of

this message in acceptance of our mutual business

endeavor by furnishing me with the following;



1. Your Full Names and Address.

2. Direct Telephone and Fax numbers.



These requirements will enable us file a letter of

claim to the appropriate departments for necessary

approvals in your favour before the transfer can be

made. We shall be compensating you with 3 Million

Dollars on final conclusion of this project, while the

rest shall be for us. Your share stays with you while

the rest shall be for us for investment purposes in

your country.



If this proposal is acceptable by you, do not take

undue advantage of the trust we have bestowed in you,

I await your urgent email.



Regards,

ROLAND FALEYE.

E-mail: rfesq4@myway.com

Tel:+234-802-622-3132




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