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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 dan williams <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 15:33:22 +0100

I am Mr Dan William, Director allocation department from the (FirstBank of Nigeria Plc,)Lagos officemonitors and controls the affairs of all banks and financialinstitutions in Nigeria concerned with foreign claimpayments.
I am the final signatory to anytransfer or remittance of huge fundsmoving within banks both on the local and internationallevels in line with foreign claim settlement.
I have before me list of funds, which could not be transferred to some nominated accounts as these accounts have been identified either as ghost accounts, unclaimed deposits andover-invoiced sum etc.
0n this note, I wish to have a deal with you as regards to an unpaid fund. I have a file before me and the data's are correct and un-tampered.
As it is my duty to recommend the transfer of these surplus funds to the Federal Government Treasury and Reserve Accounts as unclaimed deposits,I have the opportunity to write you based on the instructions I received two days ago from the Foreign Debts reconciliation dept to submit the List of payment reports /expenditures and audited reports of revenues.
Among several others, I have decided to remit your claim sum following myidea that we can have a deal/agreement and I am going to do this legally.
My conditions:1. The sum of USD$9.7M only will be transfer into your account after the proccessing of all relevant legal documents with your name as the bonfide beneficary,the transfer will be made by Draft or telegraphic Transfer (T/T), confirmablein 3 working days.2. This deal must be kept secret forever, and all correspondence will be strictly by email / telephone, for security purposes.3. There should be no third parties as most problem associated with your fund release are caused by your agents or representative.If you AGREE with my conditions, l advise you to send the following:A: Your Full name and addressB: Your direct telephone numberand the transfer will commence without delay as I will proceed to fix your name on the Payment schedule instantly to meet the three days mandate.I hope you don't reject this offer and have this funds transferred.
Waiting for your reply soon.
Mr Dan William.
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