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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 john morris <mrjhn.morris@hotmail.com>
Reply-To: <mrjhn.morris@yahoo.ie>
Date: Sat, 29 Sep 2007 13:21:45 +0000
Subject: Get back to me quickly


Greetings,I write to seek your services in a private and confidential matter regarding some funds unaccounted for in our bank during the last 2006 business year. As a Regional Auditor in this Bank, I deposited this fund in an ESCROW CALL ACCOUNT at our headquarters pending when I shall get a reliable person. This requires a private arrangement. Could you perhaps be able to receive these funds under legal claims then I will fill you in. Your participation will generate you 30%of the total money.
There are practically no risks involved, the transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law, it will be simply a bank-to-bank transfer. I have all the details and will fill you in if you are really willing. Your major role would be to provide an existing account or open a new bank account where the funds will be transferred and stand as the original depositor of this fund in our bank, as long as you will remain honest to me till the end for this important business trusting in you and believing that you will never let me down either now or in future.
At this juncture, I wish to tell you what prompted me to package this deal. I have a 9yrs old daughter who has leukemia, a disease of the blood, and she needs a bone marrow transplant or she will die. I want this transplanting to be done in any good children's hospital in your Country, if there is one. Once this fund is transferred into your account, I shall resign from my job and bring my family to start a new life in your country all correspondences will be via email for now.
The funds in question are quite large, Twenty million eight hundred and fifty thousand United States Dollars ($20,850,000.00).I will expect a straight answer from you. If yes, please get back to me so that we can work out the modalities without further delay including your phone number for easy communication.With best regards,Mr. John Morris
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