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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: Wed, 23 Jan 2008 18:51:59 -0500 (EST)
Subject: HELLO

The Manager,Bank of Scotland Limited,HBOS Treasury Services,33,Old Broad Street,London EC2N 1HZ.Greetings From MR MICHEAL ROBERT. This letter is not intended to cause any form of embarrasments, but rather intended to contact your highly esteemed self. I am writing to seek your consent in a private and confidential matter regarding some funds unaccounted for in our bank here in London during the last 2006 business year. I need assistance from a trustworthy and reliable Foreigner whom I will fill in as the beneficiary. Your major role would be to provide either an existing bank account or to set up a new Bank account immediately to receive this money and get 30% of the total funds as commission. There are practically no risks involved, the transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangementthat will protect us from any breach of the law, it will be simply a bank-to-bank transfer, and all I need from you is to stand claim as the beneficiary (next of kin)so that my head
office can order the transfer to yourdesignated bank account under few working days. I am Mr. MICHEAL ROBERT, the regional manager of Bank Of Scotland Limited, and I write you this proposal in good faith; I am married with five lovely kids. It is my duty as the regional manager to send in financial report to my head office in the capital city at the end ofeach business year. On the course of the last year 2006 business report, I discovered the sum of Twenty six million eight hundred and fifty thousand pounds sterlings26,850,000.00. The fund is of clean origin. The owner of this account is a foreigner, a program leader. Untill his death. The Late Prime Minister, Mr. Rafik Hariri. I will provide all necessary information needed in order to claim this money. Hopping in God that you will neverlet me down now and in future. ok! Rafik Bahaa Edine Hariri (November 1,1944 - February 14, 2005), was a Lebanese self-made billionaire and business tycoon, and was five times Prime Minister
of Lebanon (1992-1998 and2000-2004) before his last resignation from office on October 20, 2004. The late Rafik Hariri died on February 14, 2005 when explosives equivalent to around 300 kg of C4 were detonated as his motorcade drove past the Saint George Hotel in the Lebanese capital. Our head office isnot aware of Funds and will never be aware of it. I have placed this funds on what we call escrow call account with no beneficiary and as an officer of this bank I cannot be directly connected to this money, hence i contacted you. If you accept to work with me I will appreciate it verymuch as you are the first and the only person I am contacting for this particular transaction. We will start the first transfer with sixteen million pounds, upon successful transfer without any disappointment from your side, we shall re-apply for the payment of the remaining amount to your account. Atthis juncture i wish to tell you what prompted me to package this deal. I have a 9-year old
daughter who has leukemia, disease of the blood, and she needs a bone marrow transplant or she will die. I want this transplanting to be done in any good children hospital in your country if there is one. Once this fund is transferred into your account, I shall resign from my job and bring my family to start a new life in your country. I would be grateful if you would help me in looking out for good investment oppurtunities with my own part of the money in a very profitablebusiness. I have worked for this bank for the past 15 years yet I have nothing to show for it, I really need your assistance to secure this fund as soon as possible. as soon as you receive this message if you think we can work together, so that we can go over the details. Send also your Private mobile phone and fax nos: for more proper elaborrations.PLEASE GET BACK TO ME WITH MY PRIVATE EMAIL FOR EASY CONTACT( Truly yours, MR MICHEAL ROBERT.

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