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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: ben smith <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 30 Oct 2007 00:02:53 +0000
Subject: Dearest in Christ,

Dearest in Christ,
Compliments, It’s with Heavy Heart I am reaching you regarding the death of my late client. I am Barrister Smith Ben of Panelson & Associate, the legal adviser to late Mr. and Mrs. DAVID YUEN, a very Wealthy Indonesian couple that lived here in United Kingdom for 25 years before their recent Death on the 26th of December during the Tsunami disaster last year (2004). This couple served God as very dedicated Christians, they so dedicated their life to God but they had no child till they died. Throughout their stay here in UK, they acquired a lot of properties (houses). As their legal adviser, before their death, the husband Mr. DAVID YUEN instructed me to write his WILL because they had no child; they dedicated their wealth to God. According to the WILL, their assets should be given out to a ministry for the work of God.
As their legal adviser, all the documents for the assets that are deposited with the security company are in my care. He gave me the authority to give out the funds to the Ministries for the work of God. As instructed by Mr. DAVID YUEN before his death. As a matter of fact the total amount of money that is contained in the trunk Box is $9,800,000.00, I did not want the management of the Security Company to know the content of the consignments, and therefore I registered the content of the consignments as Gold Bars. Now, the security company believes that what I deposited with them were Gold Bars.
After my fasting and prayers Today, I asked God to make his choice and direct me to an honest Christian or the chosen ministry that deserves this fund by his Grace. I then came across your address on the Internet as I was browsing. I appeal to you for the fund to be used wisely for things that will glorify the name of God.
I have just notified the Security Company where I deposited the consignments that contained the fund, that I am moving the consignment abroad, and the security company is awaiting my authority to move the consignment out of the shores of their custody.
Dear child of Zion, if you know that you will use this fund honestly and wisely for things that will glorify God's name, then do contact me with all this information immediately. Your full name, Physical address, age, occupation, private telephone and fax numbers respectively.
Your prompt response will be highly appreciated.
Yours in Christ,Barrister Smith Ben.
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