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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: Mon, 6 Sep 2004 16:24:29 -0700
Subject: From Union Bank of Switzerland AG

From Union Bank of Switzerland AG
Financial Service Group

Dear Sir,

I am MR.PHILLIP MATTHEW, working with Union Bank of Switzerland, UBS AG
Branch. I have urgent and very confidential business proposition for you.onJune
6,1998, an American Oil Consultant Contractor with Mauritius Mining Corporation.
MR. JOSEPH BUTTON made a numbered Time Fixed Deposit for Twelve Calendar
months valued at Twenty-Five Million United States Dollars Only(US$25M)
in my branch. Upon maturity, I sent aroutine notification to his forwarding
address but got no reply.

After a month, we sent a reminder and finally we discovered from his contract
employers, the Island of Mauritius Mining Corporation, that MR. JOSEPH BUTTON
died on 11th September Bomb Blast in America 2001. On further investigation,
I found out that he died without making a WILL and all attempts to trace
his next of kin was fruitless. I therefore made further investigation and
discovered that MR. JOSEPH BUTTON did not declare any kin or relations in
all his official documents including his Bank Deposit paper work in my Bank.This
Sum of US$25M is still sitting in my Bank and the interest is being rolled
over with the principal sum at the end of each year, no one will ever come
forward to claim it. According to the Island of Mauritius Law,at the expiration
of Five (5) years, the money will be reverted to the ownership of the Island
of Mauritius Government if nobody applies to claim the fund. Consequently,
my proposal is that I will like you to as a Foreigner to stand in as the
next of kin to MR.JOSEPH BUTTON so that the fruits of this old man?s labour
will not get into the hands of some corrupt government officials.

This is simple, I will like you to provide immediately your full name and
address with bank details so that the Attorney will prepare the necessary
documents and affidavits, which will put you in place as the next of kin.
We shall employ the service of two Attorneys for drafting and notarization
of the WILL and to obtain the necessary documents and letter of Probate
Administration in your favour for the transfer, A bank account in any part
of the World which you will provide will then facilitate the transfer of
this money to you as the beneficiary /next of kin, The money will be paid
into your account for us to share in the ratio of 60% for me and 40% for

There is no risk at all as all the paper work for this transaction will
be done by the Attorneys and my position guarantees the successful execution
of this transaction. If you are interested, please reply immediately via
the private- email address:

Upon your response, I shall then provide you with more details and relevant
documents that will help you understand the transaction.
Awaiting your urgent reply via my e-mail:

Thanks and God bless you.


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