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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: Sun, 13 Mar 2005 18:55:56 +0100
Subject: =?iso-8859-1?Q?reply=20me?=

From The Desk Of Mr. John Briggs,
Head, Customer's/Inheritance Claim Dept,
Alliance Finance Bank Plc,
Union House, Douglas, Isle Of Man,
1M98 1DF, British Isle,

Dear Friend,

Complements of the season, my name is Mr.John Briggs, an official of a bank
in U.K. I am writing in respect of a foreign customer of my bank (Mr.Kaplanli
Suayip) a Turkish, with account number AFB1022002-109, who died in Iraq
during the war. Search:

Since the demise of Mr.Kaplanli Suayip, i personally have watched with keen
interest to see the next of kin, but all has proved abortive as no one has
come to claim his fund of E1.230,000.00 (one million, two hundred and thirty
thousand pounds) which has been with our bank for a long time and has accumulated
some interest.

On this note i decided to seek you, your name shall be used as the next
of kin, as no one has come up to put claim as the next of kin to this fund
and the banking law does not permit such money to stay unclaimed for too
long. If no body comes forward as the next of kin soon, the bank will transfered
the fund into its treasury for its own use.

I am convinced in my mind that your name could be used as the next of kin
to this claim. The request for a foreigner as next of kin is occasioned
by the fact that the deceased was a foreigner and a british cannot stand
as the next of kin to a foreigner.
To proceed with the immediate transfer of the fund to your account, you
will have to apply first to the bank as the next of kin to the deceased,indicating
by sending an application and location where the money will be remitted.

I will not fail to bring to your notice that this transaction is risk free
and that you should not entertain any fear as the whole required arrangement
has been perfected for transfer. This is my private email address,
do not hesitate to reply me through this email address if you are interested.

Mr.John Briggs

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