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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:

Date: Sat, 23 Feb 2008 03:48:43 +0100
Subject: ATTENTION Sir/Madam,


I am
Dr.Sani Hassan. Of Bills and Exchange at the foreign Remittance
department of the Union Bank of Nigeria Plc. I am writing This letter to
ask for your support and cooperation to carry out this business
opportunity in my department.
I discovered an abandoned sum of $20.565m
(twenty million, five Hundred and sixty five thousand United States
dollars only) in Account Number 11008734290 status of account fixed
deposit Account, that belongs to one of our foreign Customer Mr. Lee
along with his entire family in November 1999 in a Plane crash. Since
we got information about his death we can not release the Money unless
somebody applies for it as the next of kin or relation To the deceased.
As indicated in our banking guidelines.
Unfortunately, neither the
family members nor the relations have appeared to claim this money. At
this Discovery, I decided to do business with you and release the money
to you as the next of kin or relation of the deceased for safety and
Subsequent disbursement since nobody is coming for it and I don\'t Want
this money to go into the bank treasury as an unclaimed debt. The
banking law and guidelines of Union Bank of Nigeria Plc stipulates that
if such money remained unclaimed for a period of eight (8) years it will
be transferred into the bank Treasury as unclaimed fund. The need for a
foreigner as next of kin In this sinless is occasioned by the fact that
the customer was a Foreigner and as a Nigerian cannot stand as his next
of kin or heir.
I agreed that 30% of the money would be for you as
foreign partner,
Thereafter I will visit your country for disbursement
according to the percentage indicated. Therefore to enable the immediate
transfer of the fund to you as Indicated. You must apply to the bank as
relation or next of kin of the deceased. Indicating your bank account
number and indicating where the money will be remitted.
Upon receipt of
reply. I will send to you the text of application as soon as you receive
this letter you should reach me through my above e-mail immediately and
indicate your direct and confidential telephone number for effective
communication. Hoping to hear from you through my alternative mail:, address as stated above.
(1)Full name_____________

(3)Date of birth_________

Thank you very much for your understanding.
Yours Faithfully,
Dr.Sani Hassan.
Unbegrenzter Speicher, Top-Spamschutz,
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