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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: Fri, 5 Nov 2004 02:00:25 +0100
Subject: =?iso-8859-1?Q?I=20NEED=20YOU=20TO=20WORK=20WITH=20ME=2C?=

call me with my personnal telephone number+229-68 74 65.

Dear Friend,

Compliments of the day.How are you and your business today with hope that
God is fully in control.I believe that you will be suprise to receive this
mail in the sense that you dont know me till this moment.

I am Mr.HAKIM MARSHA the manager of Bill and Exchange at the Foreign Remmittance
Department Of CONTINENTAL BANK.I am writing following the impressive information
about you . In my department I discovered an abandoned sum of $15m, Us dollars
(Fifteen million US Dollars) in an account that belongs to one of our foriegn
customer who died along with his entire family in plane crash on 31 October,
1999 on board the Egyptian Airline 990 alonside other passengers. Please
consult the websites below for verification.

Since we got information about his death, we have been expecting his next
of kin to come over and claim his money because we can not release it unless
somebody applies for it as next of kin or relation to the decease as indicated
in our banking guidlines and laws, but unfortunately I learnt that all his
supposed next of kin or relation died along side with him at the plane clash
leaving no body behind for the claim. It is therefore upon this discovery
that I decided to make this business proposal to you and to enable the release
of the money to you as the next of kin or relation to the deceased for safety
and subsequent disbursement since nobody is coming for it and I dont want
this money to go into the bank treasury as unclaimed bill.

The banking law and guidline here stipulates that if such money remained
unclaimed after five years, the money will be transfered into the bank treasure
as unclaimed fund. The request of a foreigner as next of kin in this business
is occassioned by the fact that the customer was a foreigner and a beninois
cannot stand as next of kin to a foreigner. We will discuss our sharing
percentage as soon as we establish a mutual relationship.After the tranfer
I will visit your country for disbursment according to the percentages we
will decide upon.

Therefore, to enable the immediate transfer of this fund to you as arranged,I
will issue you an specimen of application which you will apply first to
the bank as relation or next of kin of the the specimen of the
application you will re-type,fill the necessary information about you and
summit it to the bank which the address will be upon the application.

upon receipt of your reply, i will send to you the application.but at thesame
time i will want you to include to me your telephone and fax number for
our effective communication.Also i will like you to know that we have to
keep this business secret between ourselves.

You can contact me immediately through my E-mail address as soon as you
receive this mail.or call me with my personnal telephone number+229-68 74


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