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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 11:49:00 +0100
Subject: Counting on you


I am RAYMOND DAVID,director of International Remittance Department of Capital
Bank International,based in Lagos-Nigeria.A German Mr,Wolfgang Schinister,66years
of age and a prosperous farmer had in our Bank the sum of US$25M in a domiciliary
account.He named his wife,Mrs.Helga Schinister as the next of kin.Unfortunately,two
of them were killed in the recent plane crash involving concord AF4590 in
Gonesse,France.Effort had been made by the management of my Bank through
the German Embassy in Lagos to contact any of the deceased children but to
no avail,as we were made to understand that the couple had no child owing
to the skeletal information available to the Bank,it has so far been impossible
to reach any of the relatives.

The option left for the Bank management is to declare the deceased account
dormant and revert the funds to trading on behalf of and in the interest
of the Bank.In order to avoid this development,my Colleagues and I now seek
your permission to have you stand as a distant relative to Mr.and Mrs.Wolfgang
Schinister,so that the funds would be released to you.All documents and proofs
to enable you get the funds will be carefully worked out by an attorney which
we shall secretly appoint for you.

On receiving your consent to this proposal,the attorney would immediately
obtain for an order of mandamus from the Federal High Court of Justice on
your behalf recognizing you as a bona-fide relative to the deceased and subsequently
apply for the release of the funds to you as the beneficiary (NEXT-0F-KIN).May
I assure you that this Transaction is 100% risk-free,as we have taken care
of all necessary modalities to ensure a hitch-free transaction.To this effect
my colleagues and I have agreed to compensate you with15% of the total sum
US$25M (Twenty Five Million American Dollars) only.

Best Regards.


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