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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. Moussa Idrissa" <> (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2007 13:35:25 +0100
Subject: Compliments!!!


Before I introduce myself, I wish to inform you that this letter is not a hoax mail and I urge you to treat it serious. I want to transfer to an oversea account ($16,700.000.00 USD) Sixteen Million Seven Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) from one of the banks located in Europe.

I want to know, if you honest and reliable to provide either an existing bank account or to set up a new Bank a/c to receive this funds, even an empty a/c can serve to receive this funds, as long as you will remain honest to me till the end of this transaction. I am trusting in you and believing in God that you will never let me down either now or in future.

I am Mr. Moussa Idrissa a personal assistant to late Andreas Schranner. During the course of his bank's last week auditing, it was discovered That since his death no one has come forward to lay claim to this Funds. So the bank issued me a memo to provide his next of kin or Forfeit the funds.

This account was opened with the bank in 1999 and since 2000 nobody has Operated on this account again, after going through some old files in My records, I discovered that my late client died without a [Heir/WILL] Hence the money is floating and if I do not remit this money out Urgently it will be forfeited for nothing.

The owner of this account Mr. Andreas Schranner a German property
Magnate who unfortunately lost his life in the plane crash of AF4590
German Concorde which crashed on Monday, 31 July, 2000, 13:22 GMT 14:22 UK, including his family leaving nobody as next of kin. No other person Knows about this account or any thing concerning it, the account has no Other beneficiary and my investigation proved to me as well that the Account is a secret account.

Please you can view this site for more information about the crash.

The total amount involved is Sixteen million Seven Hundred Thousand
United States Dollars only [$16,700.000.00] and we wish to transfer
This money into a safe foreigners account abroad. But I don't know any Foreigner, I am only contacting you as a foreigner because this money Can not be approved to a local person here, but to a foreigner who has Information about the account, which I shall give to you upon your Positive response.

At the conclusion of this business, you will be given 30% of the total amount,65% will be for us, while 5% will be for expenses both parties might have incurred during the process of transferring.

I look forward to your earliest reply.

Best Regards,
Mr. Moussa Idrissa,

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