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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: " " <>
Date: Sun, 26 Sep 2004 18:55:22 +0100

Naturally, this letter will come to you as a
surprise,since I.BARRISTER DIKE DURUI am contacting you to kindly
assist me in the proposition below, which will be of
mutual benefit to us both.

A salvadorean, Mr. Ramirez Videurre, 66 years of age
and a very prosperous
farmer made a huge bank deposit for investment in the
sum of US$21.2 Million (TWENTY ONE MILLION,TWO HUNDREND United States
he named his wife Mrs. Helga Videurre as the NEXT OF
KIN . I was called upon as an Accredited Attorney to
the bank to sign and endorse documents to this
deposit on Mr. Videurre?s behalf.

Unfortunately, Mr. & Mrs. Videurre were killed in the
January 14, earthquake that rocked El Salvador ,
killing thousands of people and 1200 others were
declared missing. The bank management now mandates me
(being the lawyer that signed and endorsed the
deposit papers for the deceased to trace the family relatives
of the deceased so that the fund will be released to
them. I was made to understand that they had no

I made several efforts through the El Salvador High
Commission in Lagos to contact any of the deceased
family relatives, but to no avail.
Failure to reach any of the family relatives of the
deceased , the only option left for the Bank?s
Management is to declare the deceased account dormant
and revert the fund on trading and investment in the
interest of the bank.

In order to avoid this development since it has so
farbeen impossible to trace any of the deceased family
relatives. I now seek your permission and assistance
to have you stand as a distant relatives to the
deceased. So that the fund can be released to you and
we can use it for our mutual benefit. I hope you do
understand my concern in this matteris,
that if we do not use this opportunity to claim this
fund , since the deceased relatives cannot be traced
,the management of the bank will declare the
deceased?s account dormant and revert the fund on
Trading and Investment in the interest of the bank.

For your assistance, you will be compensated
adequately with (40%) of the total sum (55%) will be
my own share while (5%) will be set aside to coverany
incidental expense made both at home and abroad
prior to this transaction . If you are interested in
assisting me with this matter, please send to me
urgently via my EMAIL the following details
*Full name, Company or Private Address
*Telephone and Fax number(s).

Upon receiving the above details from you, I willwork
out every documents/proof representing you as the
deceased BONA-FIDE distant relative and when
this is done, you will be contacted by the bank for
the release and collection of this fund, which willbe
within one week of my receiving the above detailsfrom
you . I will meet with you in your country for
disbursement after the fund might have been released
to you and also to discuss investment potentials as I
will like to invest in your country with your
Be assured that this transaction is 100% risk free,
asI have taken care of all necessary modalities to
enable a hitch free transaction.
Kindly ensure to treat this matter in strict privacy
(Highly Confidential).

yours sincerely

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