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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:

From: "kosta kush" <>
Date: Mon, 06 Jun 2005 13:05:22 +0000

+228 927 1661.

Dear Marianne,

I am Mr Kosta Kush the head of auditing and accounting section of Metro Bank
Lome-Togo in West Africa with due respect and regard.I have decided to
contact you on a business transaction that will be very beneficial to both
of us at the end of the transaction .

During our investigation and auditing in this bank, my department came
across a very huge sum of money belonging to a deceased person who died on
26th December 2004 in Tsunami that happened in Sumatra island, Indonesia.
From the information that our bank have gotten so far, the Tsunami killed
him with his entire family and no none relation have been identified. The
person that he used as his next of kin was his 17 year old son who died
along side with the family.

Although personally, I keep this information secret within myself to enable
the whole plans and idea be Profitable and successful during the time of
execution. The said amount was (U.S$9.5M UNITED STATES DOLLARS).

Meanwhile all the whole arrangement to put claim over this fund as the
bonafide next of kin to the deceased,get the required approval and transfer
this money to a foreign account has been put in place and directives and
needed information will be relayed to you as soon as you indicate your
interest and willingness to assist me and also benefit your self to this
great business opportunity.

In fact I could have done this deal alone but because of my position in this
country as a civil servant(A Banker),we are not allowed to operate a foreign
account and would eventually raise an eye brow on my side during the time of
transfer because I work in this bank. This is the actual reason why it will
require a second party or fellow who will forward claims as the next of kin
with affidavit of trust of oath to the Bank and also present a foreign
account where he will need the money to be re-transferred into on his
request as it may be after due verification and clarification by the
correspondent branch of the bank where the whole money will be remitted from
to your own designation bank account.

I will not fail to inform you that this transaction is 100% risk free. On
smooth conclusion of this transaction, you will be entitled to 30% of the
total sum as gratification, while 10% will be set aside to take care of
expenses that may arise during the time of transfer and also telephone
bills, while 60% will be for me.Please, you have been adviced to keep it as
a "top secret" as I am still in service and intend to retire from service
after I conclude this deal with you.

I will be monitoring the whole situation here in this bank until you confirm
the money in your account and ask me to come down to your country for
subsequent sharing of the fund according to percentages previously indicated
and further investment, either in your country or any country you advice me
to invest in. All other necessary information will be sent to you when I
hear from you.

Yours faithfully,

Mr Kosta Kush.

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