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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:

Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 06:36:55 +0100
Subject: help me please

dear sir,

i am contacting you as a trustwhorthy person and a person who knows what business is all about.i am prince .,i need your assistance to enable me transact a deal that has lasted for more than 27years now.
The UK's biggest arms dealer BAE Systems,a premier global defence and aerospace company in united kingdom was awarded a contract for the sale of 72 Eurofigher Typhoon aircraft, worth at least £40 billion, to Saudi Arabia. this contract was negotiated by the ex-Saudi ambassador to the US, Prince Bandar bin Sultan to facilitates the smooth transaction of this deal,the sum of 6billion pounds was agreed to be given to the the ambassador.The said secret payments were made with the full knowledge of the Ministry of Defence.the sum of over £120 million every year were sent by BAE Systems from the UK into two Saudi embassy accounts in Washington,which was then transfered to a security and finance company with individual name of which my fathers name was one of them.
please click, for proper understanding of th whole transaction.
My late father who was one of the men employed by the saudi prince to launder the money secretely was given the sum of $23 million U.S.DOLLARS as a sincere and dedicated fellow.
to avoid raisng eye brow and investigation,my late father deposited this money in a security and finace company.the consignmnet was deposited as a box containing precious stones.the money was deposited in 2001 and he was poisoned in 2002 in the document he filled with the company,he stated that should anything happen to him,it is his oversea business partners/associates that will claim the consignment.he did not put anybody's name and i do not know any of this partners and the government has started looking into the money that was laundered that tome but the then prince of saudi has denied anything about that.maintaining his stand that he did not receive any bribe to negotiate on the deal.even the british governmnet denied it as well.

Now please sir,i need your assistance to retrieve that box from the security company as i am unfit to apply for it and besides he stated that it his foreign partners that will be his next of kin.
We will share the fund as follows:
60% to me.
30% to you.
10% for expenses.
please my dear,i am under presure and that is why i need you to apply as the next of kin.
please i prayed before mailing to you and i still beleive that you will be that man i heard in mind that will not cheat me.
Please remember to keep everything concerning this transaction to yourself as confidentiality is the only key to this expected success.reply to me so that i can tell you what to tell the security company.all the documents relating to this transactiuon are with me and i will need your absolute reply immdiately to enable you rceive this in your country and i will now meet you there for the sharing.they have told me to search for the person and i need you to be that person
i am in madagascar and does not have access to make outside phone calls but can send mails wihout anybody knowing.
ilost my only sister in this plane crash that happened on 16/9/2007 at thailand and my condition is miserable now.please i need your help sir
see this web on the plane crash

thank you and may allah see you through,please get back to me immediately let me

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