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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: "tajudeen ahmed" <>
Date: Tue, 07 Nov 2006 15:05:06 +0000
Subject: Urgent reply needed "Veen"

Dear Veen,

I do recognize the surprise this urgent but confidential letter brings to you, especially as it came from a stranger. I am MR TAJUDEEN DATTI, GROUP HEAD TREASURY,BILLS AND EXCHANGE,FIRST INLAND BANK(Nig) PLC. In my department, we discovered an abandoned sum of US$10.5m (Ten million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars only) in an account that belongs to one of our foreign customers Engr. Peter Veen, your National, who died along side with his entire family in May 2002 in a plane crash. Since we got the information of his death, we have been expecting his next of kin to come over and claim his money because we cannot release it unless somebody applies for it as next of kin to the deceased as indicated in our banking guide.

Since then I have made several enquiries to his embassy to locate any of his extended relatives. But this has also proved unsuccessful. After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to track his last name over the Internet, to locate any member of his family hence I contacted you. I have contacted you to assist in securing this money before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by my bank. It's therefore, upon discovery that I decided to make business with you and release the money to you as next of kin or relation to the deceased for safe keeping and subsequent disbursement, since nobody is coming for it and I don't want this money go back into Federal Government's account as unclaimed bill.

Note that it does not necessarily matter, whether you are biologically related to the deceased or not. As you may bear with me, a next of kin maybe a parent, sister, brother, close relative, associate,friend or even a well-wisher. So, whether you are related to him or not is never a barrier to realizing the transaction. The banking law and guideline here stipulates that if such an account remains dormant or non-operational after a period of four (4) years, the money will be transferred into banking treasury as unclaimed fund.

However, attempts has been made twice by the Government Agency concerned to confiscate this account since the expiration of the four years if not for my intervention as the account supervisor as I have always told them that the next of kin has been in touch with us. The request of a foreigner as next of kin in this business is occasioned by the fact that the customer was a foreigner. This transaction is aimed at investing in a blue chip company in your country or any other country under a joint business partnership with you. But if you want certain percentage of the deposit for your involvement, please do let me know so that we negotiate on your share. Once the deposit is secured, thereafter, I will visit your country for the investment thereof.

Please be honest to me. Therefore, to enable the immediate transfer of the fund to you as arranged, you must apply first to the bank as the next of kin to the diseased. Upon receipt of your reply, I will send to you by fax the text of the application with the name of the deceased and his country and other information about him.Note that this transaction requires utmost confidentiality. And I am assuring you that it is 100% risk free. So you need not be afraid.
I expect a positive response from you soonest.My private email address is (

Best regards,

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