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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: "Ian Richard"<>
Date: Thu, 9 Aug 2007 01:57:40 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: From Richard Ian

From: Mr Richard IanIrish Nationwide SocietyBank center,Balls Bridge,Dublin, IrelandPRIVATE AND URGENTI am contacting you in regards to a business transfer of a huge sumof money from a deceased customer's account who On the 25thof July2000,the deceased, Christian Eich, 57, an Engineer, his wife and twoChildren and his wife's parents all perished in the jet. You can readThrough for more information via the following ; I know that a transaction of this magnitude might makeanyone apprehensive, I would like to assure you that we are sendingyou this mail with the best of intensions.Since then We have been trying to get his funds out of the bank, thesum of $11,500,000.00 (Eleven Million, Five Hundred United StatesDollars)in an account that belongs to our foreign customers who died along with his entire family in the above accident stated above.Since his death, none of his next-of-kin or relations has comeforward to lay
claims to this money as the heir. We cannot releasethe fund from his account unless someone applies for claim as thenext-of-kin to the deceased as indicated in our bankingguidelines.Upon this discovery, we now seek your permission to haveyou stand as a next of kin to the deceased as all documentations willbe carefully worked out by us for the funds (US$11,500,000.00) to beReleased in your favor as the beneficiary's next of kin. It mayInterest you to know that we have secured from the probate court, an Order of mandamus to locate any of the deceased beneficiaries. PleaseAcknowledge receipt of this message in acceptance of our mutualBusiness endeavor by furnishing me with the following; 1. Your Full Names and Address.2. Direct Telephone and Fax numbers.These requirements will enable us file a letter of claim to theAppropriate departments for necessary approvals in your favor beforeThe transfer can be made. We shall be compensating you with 1.5Million Dollars on final conclusio!
of this project, while the restShall be for us. Your share stays with you while the rest shall beFor us for investment purposes in your country. If this Proposal is acceptable by you, do not take undue advantage of theTrust we have bestowed in you, I can be reached through my personalE-mail ( I await your urgent response toThis email.Regards,Richard Ian

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