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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, 14 Mar 2005 08:52:43 +0100
Subject: =?iso-8859-1?Q?Write=20me=2Ci=27m=20waiting=20to=20hear=20from=20you?=

Dear Sir,

I am Mr. Philip Mazil, an accountant with standard trust Bank Nigeria plc,Lagos
Branch. I have urgent and very confidential business proposal for you.

On january 9th, 1997,an European Oil consultant/contractor with the Nigerian
national petroleum Corporation, Mr.foll Egbert made a numbered(Fixed)Deposit
for twelve calendar months,valued at US$17,800,000.00 (Seventeen Million
Eight hundred thousand Dollars) in my branch.Upon maturity, I sent a routine
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
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation that Mr.foll Egbert died as a result
of torture he sustained from the Niger delta militants youth that had him
kidnapped to pass a message to the government that they want to be left
alone with their oil wealth.

On further investigation and discovered that Mr.foll Egbert
did not declare any kin or relations in all his official documents,including
his Bank Deposit paperwork in my Bank. This sum of US$17,800,000.00 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 has ever come forward to claim it.Consequently,my
proposal is that i want you as a foreigner to stand in as the next of kin
to Mr.foll Egbert.

This is simple, I want you to provide immediately your
full names and address 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
an Attorney for drafting and notarization of the WILL and
to obtain the necessary documents and letter of probate/administration in
your favor 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 80% for
me and 20% for you. There is no risk at all as all the
paper work for this transaction will be done by the Attorney.
If you are interested reply immediately through my following email adresses

Upon your response,I shall then provide you with more details regarding
this transaction.

Please observe utmost confidentiality, and be rest assured
that this transaction would be most profitable for both of
us because I shall require your assistance to invest parts
of my share in your country.


Mr.Philip Mazil
Standard Trust Bank Plc

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