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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: "MR.Etoiel Mukato." <>
Date: Tue, 07 Nov 2006 20:22:10 +0000


Dear Friend
With Kind Regard and Respect,I am Etoiel Mukato,An
account Manager of African Continental Bank Plc (Bank
Of Africa). I have urgent and very confidential
business proposition for you.

On November 6,2000,A Japanese Oil
consultant/contractor with the Chinese Solid Minerals
Corporation, Mr.Lawrence Smith made a numbered time
(Fixed) Deposit for twelve calendar months, valued at
US$30,000,000.00 (Thirty Million Dollars) in Our

Upon maturity,I sent a routine notification to his
forwarding address but got no reply.After a month,I
sent a reminder and finally we discovered from his
contract employers, the Chinese Solid Minerals
Corporation that Mr.Lawrence Smith died from an
automobile accident,On further investigation, I found
out that he died without making a WILL, and all
attempts to trace his next of kin was fruitless.

I therefore made further investigation and
discovered that Mr.Lawrence Smith did not declare any
Kin or relations in all his official documents,
including his Bank Deposit paper-work in our Bank.
This sum of US$30,000,000.00 is still sitting in
our 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 According to Premier
Bank International Laws of Banking Industry,at the
expiration of 6 (six) years, the money will revert to
the ownership of the Premier Bank International if
nobody applies to claim the fund.

Consequently,my proposal is that I will like you
as a foreigner to stand in as the next of kin to
Mr.Lawrence Smith so that the fruits of this old man's
labor will not get into the hands of some corrupt
Directors.This is simple,
I will like you to provide
immediately your full names and address so that the
attorney will prepare the necessary documents and
affidavits that will put you in place as the next of
kin to Mr.Lawrence Smith,We shall employ the services
of an attorney for drafting and notarization of the
WILL and to obtain the necessary documents and letter
of probate/administration in your favor for the

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 25% for you,and
15% to cover all expenses that will occur during the
transfer and finally 10% will sent for charity.

There is no risk at all as all the paper-work for
this transaction will be done by the attorney and my
position as the Account Manager guarantees the
successful execution of this transaction. If you are
interested, please reply immediately.

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.
Please observe utmost confidentiality, and 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.

Awaiting your urgent reply .

Thanks and regards.

Etoiel Mukato

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