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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 13:13:37 +0100
Subject: =?iso-8859-1?Q?READ=20AND=20ASSIST=20ME=2E=2E?=


From: Mr Benker Binji

Dear Good Friend,

I am Mr Benker Binji the director in charge of Auditing and Accounting
section of BARCLEYS BANK LONDON., and also a special account officer of
Mr. Hassan Balhas Ghadar, a Lebanese. He was a Seasoned Contractor with
Benin Cement Company in Benin Republic., who unfortunately died in the plane
crash of Union Transport Africaines Flight Boeing 727 in Cotonou, Benin
republic on the december 25,2003.

You will read more stories about the crash on visiting this website:

Before his death on the 25th December 2003, Mr.Ghadar has a fixed deposit
account with the bank and no other person knows about this account or any
thing concerning it, the account has no other beneficiary and my investigation
proved to me that his supposed next of kin died along with him in the crash.

Since then I have made several enquiries to locate any of my clients extended
relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful. After these several unsuccessful
attempts, I decided to contact you. I contacted you to assist in repatriating
the money left behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared
unserviceable by the bank.

Consequently, Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for
over 5 weeks now. I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin
of the deceased so that the proceeds of this account valued at US$10.6 million
can be paid to you and then you and me can share the money. 70% to me and
30% to you.I have all necessary legal documents that can be used to back
up any claim we may make. All I require is your honest co-operation to enable
us see this deal through.

I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that
will protect you from any breach of the law. All documents of transaction
will be destroyed immediately we receive this money leaving no trace to
any place.

If this proposal is acceptable to you, kindly email your following information
to me:

a. Complete name and Address
b. Private telephone number
c. Private fax number
d. Private email

Until you write,have a nice day and God bless.

Mr Benker Binji

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