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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: Richmond Hubert <>
Date: Thu, 27 Dec 2007 15:00:01 -0800 (PST)
Subject: From Dr.Richmond Hubert

From Dr.Richmond Hubert
Abidjan,Ivoiry Coast,
West Africa.

Confidential message

Dear Sir.

I am writting this mail to you from my residence because of how confidential it is,this letter contains some confidential materials and should be delected from your mail box if you are unable to help me out concerning the proposal.I am the director of international remittance in a bank here in Abidjan.
I discovered an amount of 28 million dollars belonging to a late customer Gen Robert Guei who was shot dead together with all his family by the Government soldiers here on an accusation of plotting a failed coup de de tat.this money was 58 million dollars but some have been used in the importation of arms by the General until he met the unexpected death.

During the yearly auditing of account as part of our annually exrcise I discovered thisfund floating as unclaimed fund in the treasury of our bank if I do not take urgent step to transfer this fund because the owner is late and was killed along with his family, this fund floating will be forfeited for nothing as the bank will consider it as unclaimed fund, I have all the duplicate documents involved in the deposition and the withdrawal of the part of the money and there is no next of kin appointed by the army general before he met his death.Now I want you to stand as the next of kin and help transfer this amount of money out from here because if we don't do anything to safe this fund from being forfeited for nothing it will be a loss to all. This business is 100% risk free as I'm the authorize officer to effect remmiting of your account when it is time and I will prepare all the documentation and prove the source of the fund before the transfer so that you won't
face any question from your country government.
I want you to know that this business involves no risk because it is only me that know about this and must not be taken as a joke,I advice you to think very well before responding because I need a very strong hand in this transaction.
Your percentage and other important details will be discussed once I confirm your kind willinngness in helping in the transfer. I await your postive responds .



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