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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: Wed, 29 Jun 2005 15:12:08 +0200
Subject: =?iso-8859-1?Q?Reply=20me=20is=20your=20friend?=

Greetings to you .

This letter must come to you as a big surprise, but I believe it is
only a day that people meet and become great friends and business partners.
My name is Mr. Jerry White , An Accountant working in a bank here in Benin
Republic West Africa. I write you this proposal in good faith, believing
that I can trust you with the information I am about to reveal to you. Like
I said, I have a transaction that will benefit both of us, as your assistance
is required as a foreigner.

I use to head the Accounts department in my bank head office, but last December
I was transfer to one of our Bank branch in Cotonou who passed on, so that
was how I became the present head accountant in the bank , during when I
was auditing all the account and I discovered a fortune As I resumed duty,
I discovered an account with total sum of $50,500,000 million that has not
been operated on for the past 4 years. From my investigation, I found out
that this account belongs to one Late Mr. Ziya Bazhayev a Russian big time
Oil dealer, who unfortunately lost his life in the Yak-40 jetliner on March
9, 2000.

I have kept a close monitoring of the account since then and nobody has
come forward to claim the money as next of kin to the late Mr. Ziya Bazhayev
meaning that no one is aware of the account. I cannot directly take out
this money without the help of a foreigner and that is why I am contacting
you for an assistance to claim the funds and share it with me.

As the head accountant bank my bank branch, I have the power to influence
the release of the funds to any foreigner that comes up as the next of kin
to the account, with the correct information concerning the account, which
I shall give you.

I am seeking your co-operation to present you as the next of kin to the
account. There is practically no risk involved, the transaction will be
executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach
of law.

If you accept to work with me, I want you to state how you wish us to share
the funds in percentage, so that both parties will be satisfied. Contact
me as soon as you receive this message if you feel we can work together,
so we can go over the details. Thanking you in advance and may God bless
you.Please, treat with utmost confidentiality. I wait your urgent response.

Jerry White
please Reply me through the bellow email address :

tel: 229 03 97 32

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