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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: Tue, 13 Nov 2007 20:45:39 +0000

My name is Dr.Henry Dede,I am an Accountant with BANK OF AFRICA. I am writing in respect of a foreign customer of my bank (Christian Eich) who had a plane crash and died withhis wife and two children on 30th JULY,2000 CONCORDE PLANE CRASH[ Flight AF4590]with the wholepassengers aboard,see below Website for more information about the plane crash.
There is an account opened in this bank in 2000 by this great late INDUSTRIALIST/FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CONTRACTOR and carmakerBMW s museum Director who died without a written or oral WILL attatched to the account.Since his death ,I personally have watched with keen interest to see the next of kin but all has proved abortive as no one has come to claim his funds and no other person knows about this account or anything concerning it, the account has no other beneficiary and until his death he was the Director of his company. The total amount involved is $102.500,000 (USD).
We wish to start the first transfer with US$52.500.000[52.5million] and upon successful transaction without any disappointmentfrom your side,we shall re-apply for the transfer of the remaining balance to your accountin bits .I have prayed and i believe that we must succeed in this transaction with your utmost co-operation in order to have a smooth and a successful transfer of the fund to any foreign bank account which you are going to nominate.
On this note, I decided to seek for a reliable foreigner who will act as the foreign beneficiary of the fund from the deceased untill the funds have been finally transfered and we will effect an immediate investment on anyviable and reliable project as no one has come up to be the next of kin.
The banking ethics here does not allow such money to stay more than eight years without claim hence the money will be recalled to the government treasury as unclaimed after this long period of domancy.In view of this, I got your contact through my personal search to see if you can assist me by providing your Fullpersonal Information for the transferor find a reliable person who will be capable of receiving such amount in his or her personal account.
At the conclussion of the transfer, 55% of the fund will be for me here,I would give you 35% of the total transfer sum, 10% for charity both in Africa and in your country.
TO PROCEED,I would like you to send me the information of any account of your choice where you will like this fund to be transferred into or open a new account where you will want this money to be transfered into.This transaction is totally free of risk and trouble as the fund is a legitimate fund which does not originate from drug,money laundry,terrorism or any otherillegal act.
Upon the receipt of your reply, I will send to you a detailed information about the transaction. I will not fail to bring to your notice that this business is 100% risk and trouble free and that you should not entertain any fear asall modalities for fund transfer can be finalized within 7 to 9 banking days, after we apply to the bank as the beneficiary of the fund from the deceased.
However,After your confirmation of the funds in your account, we shall meet in your country three bank working days to discuss what capital venture to invest the fund into in your country with your Technical-knowhow.Please do include the following information in your response to this partnership Idea:
(1)Full Name(2) Telephone & Fax numbers(3) Residential Contact address(4)Occupation/marital status
Please endeavour to reply me via my private emailaddress[] With the above information about your person I shall ask the legal advisor of the bank to prepare the documentation in your name as the bonafide owner of the fundof the whole $102.5M.
Best Regards.
Acct.Henry Dede.
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