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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: "modise" <modise_m01@excite.com>
Reply-To: nelson_b1@yahoo.it
Date: Wed, 21 Mar 2007 05:30:12 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: PLEASE, GET BACK TO ME NOW.


314 PRESLEY WAY CROWNHILL,MILTON KEYNES BUCKINGHAMSHIRE MK8 UNITED KINGDOM. (RE:TRANSFER OF £50.000.000.00)My Name is Mr Nelson Brown. I work as an AUDITOR GENERAL in one of the prime Bank in United Kingdom.I am the personal solicitor to a foreigner, Late Mr. Morris Thompson.On my routine inspection I discovered a dormant domiciliary account with a Balance of (FIFTY MILLION POUNDS ONLY}The owner of the fund was a foreigner, an American Citizen who unfortunately lost his life in the plane crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261, which crashed on January 31 2000. You may read more about the crash by visiting the website. http://archives.cnn.com/2000/US/02/01/alaska.airlines.list/ It is only a foreigner who can claim this money with legal claims to the account holder which I will provide to you,So i want you to stand in as his next of kin, now that our bank is still expecting the next of kin or relatives ,if you are interested.At the conclussion of this
transaction, your share will be 25% of the total transfer sum, 70% for me and my partner, while 5% will be set aside for any expenses both parties might incure during the process of the transfer.The fund will be transferred to your account in two parts. I will first transfer 10 Million Pounds to your account as a test of transfer. I will fly over to meet you after the successful transfer for sharing according to the agreed percentages. Let me know if you can handle it by given me a call on my private number:+447045709133. Best Regards, Mr Nelson Brown.

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