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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:

From: "Mr. Nicholas Dube" <>
Date: Fri, 9 Apr 2010 17:33:09 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: =?utf-8?B?Vml0YWwgRnJvbTogTXIuIE5pY2hvbGFzIER1YmXigKbigKY=?=

From: Mr. Nicholas Dube
#31 Council of Churches
P O Box 62098 Marshalltown
2107 United Kingdom

RE-TRANSFER OF £52,954,000.00 {Fifty Two Million Nine Hundred And Fifty Four Thousand British Pounds Sterling}

My Name is Mr. Nicholas Dube, and I work in the International Operation Department in a Bank here in London. I was on a routine inspection that I discovered a dormant domiciliary account with a BAL. Of (Fifty Two Million Nine Hundred And Fifty Four Thousand British Pounds Sterling) on further discreet investigation, I also discovered that the account holder has passed away (dead) leaving no beneficiary to the account. The bank will approve this money to any foreigner because the former operator of the a/c is a foreigner. I am certainly sure that nobody will come again for the claim of this money. A foreigner can only claim this money with legal claims to the account Holder; therefore I need your cooperation in this transaction. I will provide all the necessary information needed in order to claim this money, hoping in God that you will never let me down now or in future.

I had discussed this issue with my insider in the bank, and he have instructed me to look for a foreigner who will be trusted and capable to handle this transaction so that we can transfer this money out of Uk. I guarantee that this will be executed under a concrete special arrangement that will protect you from any breach of law.If you can be trusted and capable to handle this business with me in full confidence & trust, please send me the following information for documentation purpose:

(1). Full names:
(2). Private phone numbers:
(3). Current residential address:
(4). Occupation:
(5). Age and Sex:
(6).Your Full Banking Details.

I looking forward to hear from you by email {}.

Kind Regards.
Mr. Nicholas Dube.

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