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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: Albert Lugard <>
Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2007 14:34:49 +0100 (BST)
Subject: REPRESENTATIVE NEEDED URGENTLY (part time employment)

For: Advertising, Advance Designing, Sales of Art works, Fairy Tale and Lifestyle Paintings from the Early 21st Century by Albert Lugard and Susan Lugard.

PHONE: 44 (0) 7024091806

Date: 27th April 2007.

Greetings to you,

My name is Albert Lugard. I am an artist, practising here in the United Kingdom with my wife, Mrs Susan Lugard. We own the NOBLE ARTWORKS INC., here in London, United Kingdom. I live in London United Kingdom, with my two kids, four cats, one pet dog and the love of my life, my wife, Mrs Susan Lugard. It is undeniably a full house that we keep and I hope your house is as well full? I have been doing my Artworks practice since I was a small child, which makes it about 28 years of experience for me in the field. I majored in fine and creative art in high school and in the college I professionalised in the art courses in the advance levels. Most of my works are done in either pencil or art brush mixed with color pencils. I have recently added designing and creative artworks on the computer, and I have been selling my artworks for the past 3 years to my prestigious customers from the world over. Also, I have had my work featured on trading cards, greeting cards, prints and
magazines. I have sold my Artworks in galleries, to private collectors and to cooporate bodies from all over the world . But I am always facing serious difficulties when it comes to selling my artworks to my prestigious customers in the United States of America. Actually, I have bigger customers from the Native Americans, but most of my American customers' mostly offer to pay me with the Traveler’s Checks or Money Orders or Online Q-Chex or Cashier’s Check, or American Official Check, or Gift Checks, which is always impossible for me to redeem into its cash equivalence here in London , the United Kingdom, for me to continue to run my Art works business .

My main reason for sending you this email is that I am looking for a representative in the United States of America, who will be working for me, and with me, as a part time worker, and I am willing to pay 10% for every transaction the person assists me in redeeming. Following your antecedent from my marketing agents in North America, whom have already shortlisted you to work with us, my confidence reposed on you as a responsible and reliable American, so I decided that you should email directly to you and attempt to elicit your interest in working with me and assisting me in handling this fund redemption.

Presently, I am working on setting up a branch in the United States of America but, for now, I need a representative in the United States of America who will be handling the payment aspect for the company. Your work for our company will not in any way affect your present work. All you will have to do for the
NOBLE ARTWORKS INCORPORATED is simply to receive the Traveler’s Checks or Money Orders or Online Q-Chex or Cashier’s Check, or America Official Check, or Gift Checks that our customers are paying me with, clear them from your bank, deduct your 10% commission and send the balance to us with the payment information we shall be sending to you once you receive the Traveler’s Checks or Money Orders or Online Q-Chex or Cashier’s Check, or America Official Check payments.

Because the cost of constantly coming over to the United States of America to redeem this payment is becoming too expensive, time-consuming, and inconvenient for me and my Art works business, I pray you that when you receive the Traveler’s Checks or Money Orders or Online Q-Chex or Cashier’s Check, or America Official Check, or Gift Checks payments my customers are paying me with, I would like you to cash the Traveler’s Checks or Money Orders or Online Q-Chex or Cashier’s Check, or America Official Check, or Gift Checks for me as soon as you receive them, deduct the above stated expenses and send the balance to us through the Western Union Money Transfer with the Western Union Money Transfer Information I shall be providing to you in my subsequent email.

But another problem I have is tolerating unreliable representatives. And as a result, I have made arrangements with the FBI, the IFCC in Washington D C and the United States Secret Service agents that if anybody representing me gets away with my money they have assured me that they will definitely get hold of the person anytime, anywhere, track the person down, and the person will go to JAIL for LOOTING my funds, after paying up the full amount of my money.

NOTE: All charges of the Western Union Money Transfer will be deducted from my total sum of money sent to you. So you are assured that you would not have to spend a cent out of your own personal money in order to grant us this assistance. You just have to deduct your commission, the Western Union Transfer Charges and any other expenses you might make in the course of assisting us, then you can send the balance to our cashier, with the cashier's Western Union Payment Information that I will be sending to you as soon as you have cashed the check, for accounting and bookkeeping.

If you are really interested in assisting me in the progress of this venture pending when our branch is ready in the United States of America for us to work more closely together, please kindly get back to me immediately via this mailbox with the required information on yourself, so that we can register you and forward the check payment to your address for immediate cashing and reimbursement by you. Please, send us the underlisted Payment Information for yourself:

1. Your Name In Full

2. Your Full Contact Address

3. Your Present Occupation

4. Your Age

5. Your Marital Status

6. Your Direct Telephone and Fax Number

7. And Your Valid Email Address

I eagerly await your prompt response, so that I can send the Traveler’s Checks or Money Orders or Online Q-Chex or Cashier’s Check, or America Official Check, Gift Checks payments to you immediately. I appreciate your humane dedication and decision to assist me when I need your assistance the most.

Thanks for your anticipated assistance and May God bless you for your subsequent dedication in the course of the transaction,

London, United Kingdom.

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