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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: "Charles Green" <>
Date: Fri, 22 Feb 2008 21:41:41 +0800
Subject: Regards.


I am Mr.Charles Greene Senior Audit Officer with a reputable financial
institution.I am writing following an opportunity in my office that will be
of immense benefit to both of us.In my department we discovered an abandoned
sum of USD$20.5million United States Currency (Twenty million five hundred
thousand United States Currency) in an account that
belongs to one of our foreign customers who happens to bear the same surname
{last name} with you, unfortunately lost his life in the plane crash of
Alaska Airlines Flight 261 which crashed on January 31 2000, including his
wife and only daughter. You shall read more about the crash on visiting this

Since we got information about his death, we have been expecting his next of
kin or relatives to come over and claim his money because we cannot release
it unless somebody applies for it as next of kin or relatives to the
deceased as indicated in financial institutions guidelines. Unfortunately I
learn that his supposed next of kin being his only daughter died along with
him in the plane crash leaving nobody with the knowledge of this fund behind
for the claim.
It is therefore upon this discovery that I decided if we can transact this
together and release the money to you as the next of kin or beneficiary of
the funds for safe keeping and subsequent disbursement since nobody is
coming for it and we don't want this money to go back into Apex bank
treasury as unclaimed bill. The banking law and guidelines here stipulates
that such money if unclaimed after Nine years, will be transferred into
banking treasury as unclaimed funds. we will reach understanding once you
agree on my proposal while I may visit your country for the disbursement
according to the percentages we will agree upon.

Please be honest to me and trust is our watchword in this transaction. Note
this transaction is confidential and risk free.Please note that all
necessary arrangement for the smooth release of these funds to you will
commence thereafter. Kindly disregard this mail if you are not interested in
my request.

Best regards

Mr.Charles Greene

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