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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Dr.Nicholas Adams" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2007 04:10:02 +0200

Auditing and Account,Director Credit Bank Benin,Republic Of BeninTel: +229 93 413 726My Dear, I am Dr.Nicholas Adams, the director in charge of auditing and accounting section Credit Bank Benin,Republic of Benin,West Africa, and also a special account officer of Mr. Peter Lund,a European who died on 25th December 2003 with Union des Transports Africains (UTA) chartered Boeing 727 in Cotonou Republic of Benin. You can as well confirm more by yourself through under stated Website of the incident. WEBSITE: With due respect and regard, I have decided to contact you on a Business Transaction that will be very beneficial to both of us. Before his death on the 25th December 2003, Mr.Lund has a fixed deposit account with the bank.This fund has been dormant in his account with our bank without any claim and the account has no beneficiary nor next of kin other than him and my investigation reveal that his supposed next of kin died along with him in the crash.This deposite is valued at twenty two million,one hundred united states dollars(US$22.1M). Since then, I have made several enquiries to locate any of his extended relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful. After several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to contact you.I'm contacting you to assist in remittance of the dormant fund as the next of kin left behind by Mr. Lund so as not to allow the bank confisticate or declare the funds unserviceable according to Benin Republic financial law on unclaimed bills.Hence you are a foreigner, you stand a better position to be presented through documentation as the next of kin since the deceased is also a foreigner. Consequently, I'm seeking your consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased so that the outstanding fixed deposit (US$22.1M) will be remitted into any designated account of yours and will be shared according to percentages.I have all necessary information to back up this claim. Be rest assured that this transaction will be executed under legitimate arrangement that will protect both parties from breach of the law and it is 100% risk free and attracts no authorities and every information you will require as the next of kin will be forwarded to you after your final acceptance to help me champion this deal.Please, you have been advised to keep this "Top Secret" as I am still in service and intend to retire from service after I conclude this deal with you. If this proposal is acceptable to you, kindly email your following information to me: a. Full Name(s)b. Direct phone & fax number(s)c. Your direct email & any other information you may deem helpful. You can call me on my direct mobile phone +229 93 413 726 for more discussion if you need me to clarify you on any more issue regarding this . Thank you for your cooperation until I read from you or recieve your call. Yours Truly,Dr.Nicholas Adams.
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