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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: Wed, 3 Nov 2004 03:18:28 -0800
Subject: =?iso-8859-1?Q?business=20proposal=20to=20you=2Cplease=20your=20urgent=20response?=

business proposal to you,please your urgent response

Head Office
First Bank of Nigeria Plc.RC6290
Samuel Asabia House, 35, Marina
Lagos, Nigeria

Dear Sir

Compliment of the day and how is life general with you? Of course it is
my humble wish to solicit and crave your indulgence to make this project
request for a joint business transaction which I hope will not come to you
as a surprise, hence I plead for your pardon.

I am Dr JOHN RICHARD, the manager of headquarter first bank of Nig. Plc.
Lagos. I have an urgent and confidential business proposal for you. On June
6, 2000, an IRAQ oil consultant/contractor with via National Petroleum
cooperation (NNPC) Mr. kashif mahmood made a numbered time (fixed) deposit
for twelve calenderer month valued at US$20,000.00(Twenty Million US Dollars)
in my branch.

On maturity, I sent a routine notification to his forwarded address but
got no reply after months we send a reminder and finally we discovered from
his contract employee (Nigeria national petroleum Corporation) that Mr kashif
mahmood died from an automobile accident. On further investigation, it was
clear that he died without making a will. All attempts by the IRAQI to
trace his next of kin were fruitless.
I therefore made further investigation and discovered
that Mr. kashif mahmood did not declare any next of kin or
relations in all his official documents including his
deposit document in my bank. The total sum US$20,000,000.00 is still in
my bank as dormant acct.

No one will ever come forward to claim it. According to Nigerian banking
law, after six years, the money will revert to the ownership of the Nigerian
Government. If the account owner is certified death and nobody comes forward
to claim it.

This is the situation , and my proposal is that I am looking for a foreigner
who will stand in as the beneficiary/next of kin. This is simple. All you
have to do is to immediately send me the details of a bank account anywhere
in the world for me to arrange the proper money transfer _document_._ The
money will then be transferred into the account for us to share out in the

A. Total sum with account = USD$20. Million
B. Amount to be withdrawn = USD$20.Million
C. Myself and my colleagues = USD$12 Million
D. Account holder (That?s you) = USD$7Million
E. Incidential expenses = USD$1. Million

Finally, I would highly appreciate it if you could make up your mind for
us to do the business, which will be of great mutual benefit to both of
There is no risk involved. I am using my position and connection in the
bank here to do all the document work for the transaction. We shall employ
the services of an attorney to draft the will and obtain all necessary documents
and letter of administration in your fovour for the transfer. This transaction
is risk free guaranteed. If you are interested, please reply immediately
on this email and be rest assured that this transaction
could be most profitable for both of private Telephone number 234-80-33813846.
Please do not expose this deal if you are not interested because if you
do, it will take me out of seat.


I am awaiting your urgent reply.
Best regards,
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