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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: "Dr Tunde Lemo" <>
Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2005 17:05:05 +0000


Date:26ST July 2005

Our Ref: ___________________ Your Ref:________________



This is to draw your attention that your fund is still with the CENTRAL BANK
OF NIG. which the government Authorized us to effect payment onyour behalf.,
but the only problem now is that we dictated a lot of irregularities
involvementsattached to your payment file.

(1) Did you at any time delegate any body not even from your family to claim
your fund on your behalf?
(2) Were you involved in a motor accident?
(3) Are you aware or related to one Mr. JAMES. GREEN and Barrister Williams

Please reconfirm and answer the above questions because one Mr JAMES. GREEN
in a company of Barrister Williams came to our foreign payment department
and submitted an application that you Authorized your fund to be paid into
the account of UNION Bank OF Switzerland (UBS) with Account number
UBS-A943BDG99.then the one you earlier submitted for your payment with a
report that you are now paralyzed as a result of the ghastly motor accident
you had last month.

lnfact, after processing the application by Mr JAMES GREEN himself
which he made known to us that he came from you, he succeeded in paying all
the bank charges that you are supposed to pay so as to make sure that we
effect this transfer payment as quickly as possible without any further

All duplicate copies of his payment receipt is attached to your file. He has
made part payment for the cost of transfer and stamps duties and other
miscellaneous duty fees all amounting to $27,000.00.

The delay in the transfer is from us now just because we requested for a
power of attorney from him, which is authorized him to pursue this payment.
He asked for a week so as to submit the documents but up till now we have
not received any of the documents from any of you.

Why? So please forward us the power of attorney by a return fax or by phone
call so that we can proceed with the transfer to the order of account given
to us.

Thanks for your co-operation

N.B: do visit my bank website: to view my portrait and
profile but do contact on my phone to enable me expedite action. click about
us, then Undernet click board

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