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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: "Robert Green"<>
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2007 17:42:49 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Your Patnership Is Needed??

Re: Your Patnership Is Needed??
From: Robert Green(Mr.)
49 Charring Cross,
Admiralty Arch, London
SW1A 2DX. U.K.
Dear Friend,
I, am Robert Green (Mr.), Chief Auditor, Royal Bank of Scotland, UK. I am writing this letter to ask for your assistance and full co-operation to carry out this business opportunity in my department with you. I am contacting you based on trust and confidentiality that will be attached to this deal.
I discovered an abandoned sum in one of our accounts, with holding balance sum valued at 12.5M (Twelve Million Five Hundred Thousand British Pounds) belonging to late Mr. Richard Ross. A real estate property magnate and an oil merchant, trading in the arabian gulf coast.He died with all his family on Monday, 31 July, 2000. His account has been left dormant since he died. The account has no other beneficiary to claim the funds and his company has no idea about his account with our bank. This was all the clear evidence I got from my discreet investigations I personally conducted over this account.
However, by virtue of my position as civil servant and staff of this bank, I cannot acquire this money in my name. I hereby solicit your consent to present you as the Next of kin and beneficiary of this late Mr.Richard Ross. In other for the funds to be release for payment to you, as next of kin and we can share the amount on a mutually agreed percentage of 35% for you my partner, while 55% for me, 9% will be used as pay-back to both parties for all local and foreign expenses we might ensure in this project. While 1% the remainder shall be given to a reputable orphanage home as charity donations because the money is owned by a deceased person.
This transaction is totally free of risk and troubles as the fund is legitimate and does not originate from drug, money laundry, terrorism or any other illegal act, funds will be released to you after necessary processes have been followed. If you are interested, please reply through email, so that I will give you futher deatils to proceed.
Thank you for your understanding and willingness to corperate. I wait your urgent response soon.
Best Regards,
Robert Green (Mr)
Chief Auditor

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