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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "john"<>
Date: Mon, 19 Nov 2007 20:52:41 -0500 (EST)




Attention Please.I am DR JOHN KEN a Manager with Union Bank of NIGERIA. I have an urgent and confidential business proposal for you. I got your information in my search for a reliable partner who can assist me actualise this arrangement.PROPOSAL:On June 6, 2001, an American oil merchant and Contractor with the NIGERIAN NATIONAL PETROLEUM COPORATION, MRS ROSEMARY A. SMITH, made a numbered time Fixed) Deposit for twelve(12)calendar months,valued at US$28,000,000.00 (Twenty-Eight Million United states Dollars) in my branch.Upon maturity, I sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but got no reply. After a month, we sent a reminder and finally we discovered from his contract employers,that she died in world trade centre as victims of the september 11,2001.Incident that befall the United State of America,the bank is still unrelenting in it's bid to contact any of the relatives to claim This money,you can confirm through this
website: further investigation, I found out that she died without making a WILL and all attempts to trace her NEXT OF KIN was friutless. I therefore made further investigation and discovered that MRS ROSEMARY A. SMITH did not declare any KIN OR RELATIONS IN ALL HER OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS, INCLUDING HER BANK DEPOSIT PAPER WORK IN MY BANK.This sum of US$28,000,000.00 is still sitting in my Bank and the interest is being rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each year. NO PERSON WILL EVER COME FOWARD TO CLAIM IT. According to NIGERIAN LAW, at the expiration of 7(SEVEN) YEARS, the money will revert to the ownership of the NIGERIAN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IF NOBODY APPLIES TO CLAIM THE FUND.Consequently, my proposal is that I WANT YOU TO STAND IN AS THE NEXT OF KIN/BENEFICIARY OF THIS FUND DEPOSIT SO THAT THE FUND CAN BE RELEASED TO
YOU FOR OUR MUTUAL BENEFIT. If you will assist me, send down the following informations. I will require them for operation. 1: YOUR FULL NAMES AND ADDRESS2: YOUR PRIVATE PHONE AND FAX NUMBERS3: YOUR AGE.5: YOUR OCCUPATION.FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE, YOU WILL BE ADEQUATELY COMPENSATED WITH ( 40%) OF THE TOTAL SUM. (55%) WILL BE MY OWN SHARE WHILE (5%) WILL BE SET ASIDE TO COVER ALL INCIDENTAL EXPENSES MADE BOTH AT HOME AND ABROAD BEFORE CONCLUTION OF THIS DEAL.THIS TRANSACTION IS 100% RISK FREE as all the paper works that will be required to effect this fund transfer will be obtained from the Federal ministry / high court of justice by an Attorney hear in Nigeria, and my position as the Branch Manager guarantees the successful execution of this arrangement.Moreso, ALL ASPECTS OF THIS TRANSACTION ( FROM THE FIRST TO THE LAST ), WILL BE CONDUCTED LEGALLY in such a manner that it will not constitute a breach of the law either in your country or in mine.IF YOU ARE INTRESTED IN ASSISTING
ME IN THIS TRANSACTION, PLEASE REPLY IMMEDIATELY FOR DETAILS. This has to do with fund transfer and consiquently requires speed.Upon your response, I SHALL PROVIDE YOU WITH DETAILS ON HOW WE CAN SUCCESSFULLY ACTUALISE THIS DEAL, I SHALL ALSO PROVIDE YOU WITH DOCUMENTS IN RELATION TO THIS FUND DEPOSIT THAT WILL HELP YOU UNDERSTAND THIS TRANSACTION BETTER.Please realise that the confidentiality of this arrangement must be maintained from now, and even after the successful complition of this deal. I WILL MEET WITH YOU IN YOUR COUNTRY FOR DISBURSMENT AFTER THE FUND HAVE BEEN RELEASED TO YOU, AND ALSO DISCUSS INVESTMENT POTENTIALS AS I WILL LIKE TO INVEST IN YOUR COUNTRY WITH YOUR ASSISTANCE.Awaiting your urgent reply through this email address:( Thanks and God bless. Best regards,DR. JOHN KEN.Email:

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