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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: Kenneth Bello <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jul 2007 02:11:54 +0100
Subject: From The Desk of Kenneth Bello

From The Desk of Kenneth BelloManager;Credit and foreign Bills,FIRST BANK PLC. Dear Friend, Compliments of the season. It is indeed my pleasure to write to you this letter, which I believe will be a surprise to you, as we are both complete strangers. I am Kenneth Bello,i am the manager, credit and foreign bills of FIRST BANK PLC . I am writing in respect of a foreign customer of our Bank ,late KEITH WILLCOX who perished in Egyptian Flight 990 with the whole passengersaboard on 31st Oct 1999. ( )Since the demise of this our customer,I personally has watched with keen interest to see the next of kin but all has proved abortive as no one has come to claim his funds of USD$18.7m[Eighteen million seven hundred thousand united states dollars] which has been with my branch for a very long time.On this note, I decided to seek for whom his name shall be used as the next of kin as no one has come up as his relation. And the country law here does not allow such money to stay more than Ten years,for the money will be recalled to the government treasury as unclaimed after this period. Upon the receipt of your response, I will send to you the application form, bank's contact and the next step to take.I will not fail to bring to your notice that this business is hitch free and that you should not entertain any fear as all modalities for fund transfer can be finalised within five working days, after you apply to the bank as a relation to the deceased. When you receive this letter, Please I will like to receive bellowinformations of you on your response to this mail. 1.Your private Tel/Fax numbers for quick communication.2.your age and sex3.your occupation and position I will be very happy if you can treat this business with the utmostsecrecy it demands because of my position in this bank. Hoping for a very successful business relationship with you. Respectfully submitted,Kenneth Bello
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