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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 Koinrega Jeffrey <>
Date: Mon, 19 Nov 2007 10:04:48 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: RE

Good Day, I am extremely happy to write you this letter.
Please, pardon me for invading your privacy but I do really need your
help! So be patient and read through to the end of my message. I am Mr. Kionrega Jeffrey O. I am the Director, Auditing and Accounting Section / Chairman of Investigating Department of United Bank for Africa, UBA, Nigeria. My department came across the sum of $31.4 million US Dollars (Thirty One Million, Four Hundred Thousand United State Dollars only) belonging to one Deceased Engr Timothy Chung, 54 years, of United State of America who died in a plane crash who is an Oil Servicing Engineer working with Exxon Mobil Plc,Nigeria [Korean Air Flight 801] with the whole passengers onboard on August 6,1997.And for your perusal you can view this web site
Since we discovered the information, we have been expecting his Next of Kin or relations to come over and claim the money because we cannot release it unless somebody applies as the Next of Kin or Relation to the deceased as indicated in our banking guideline and Law here.
A leap on our investigation revealed that Engr Timothy Chung's only daugther whom he used as his next of kin was also involved in the same plane crash as above.And i have tried my best posible to contact any of his fimily members or extended family members to make claim this deposit but all to no avail.
I am confiding in you in this business believing that you will not let me down either now or in future thus requesting that you furnish me with your Account Details (even an empty / red account)will serve provided it is an existing Bank Account.

Meanwhile, as the director of Auditing and Accounting, I am in possession of all the relevant documents needed to effect the transfer of this money into your Account as the beneficiary without any further delay since nobody will come for claims as the next of kin and this money cannot be approved to any person locally because the owner is a foreigner and I do not know any foreigner that is why I am contacting you and the person needs to have a valid international foreign passport or Drivers License and Foreign a/c because the money is in US Dollars andcan only beapproved into a foreign a/c.If we do not transfer this money out into a safe foreign account, the money will be forfeited into the Banks Treasury or government bags as unclaimed bills.
Based on the colossal amount of money involved, we will transfer the money in three phases to avoid going contrary to the Banking Regulations of the Apex Bank which amount to money laundering. I will meet you physical immediately the first phase of the transfer is concluded to sign a binding agreement and disbursement into any area of investmentwhich you may advise.

To this end, you should furnish me with the aforementioned information, phone and fax number. At every phase of the transfer, you will be entitled 25% of the total amount, 70% will be for me and my colleagues while 5% will be used in offseting expenses that will be incured during the transaction.
We will use our good office as insiders to make sure that the fund is transferred into your account in record time through our Affiliate Bank with our proper under ground work immediately you apply. I will send you the Text of Preliminary Application for Funds Transfer which you will fill and send direct to the International Pay/Remittance Department of this bank while we follow it up.
You should not have any element of fear because this deal is risk free and we are there to perfect plans. This transaction will bring us joy, long life and prosperity. Send your reply to:
Accept the assurance of my regards.
Reply urgently.
Koinrega Jeffrey

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