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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: Tue, 2 Aug 2005 06:35:27 -0700 (PDT)

Citrust Trust Bank Plc
Plot 1675 Oyin Jolayemi Street,
P.O. Box 73018
Victoria Island,
Lagos State.

Tel: +234-80 37919572

Dear Good Friend
My name is Dr SMART JOHNSON the Chief accunt manager, Citi Trust Bank Plc. I am writing in respect of a foreign customer who perished in a plane crash { with Egyptian airline 990} who perished in the plane crash of SPRIL21, 1999 { with Egyptian airline 990} with other passengers aboard as you can confirm it your self at this wbpage:

Since the demise of this our customer,Mr Gloria Berchielli, I personally has watched with keen interest to see the next of kin but all has proved abortive as no one has come to claim his funds of usd.25.m, [Twenty five million united states dollars] which has been with my branch for a very long time.

On this note, I decided to seek for whom his name shall be used as the next of kin as no one has come up to be the next of kin. And the banking ethics here does not allow such money to stay more than eight years, because money will be recalled to the bank treasury as unclaimed after this period. In view of this I got your contact through a trade journal after realizing that your name and country is similar to the deceased. I will give you 25% of the total.

Upon the receipt of your response,name and address, I will secure all covering papers and documents to show you are the bonafide next of Kin and the next step to take. I will not fail to bring to your notice that this business is hitch free and that you should not entertain any fear as all modalities for fund transfer into an account provided by you preferably with a zero balance can be finalized within ten banking days, after approval from my bank endorsing you as the next of kin.

I guarantee that this will be executed under legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. Please, kindly get in touch with me through this email: this where you can get to me fast if you are interested in this business. Call me immediately you are thruogh with it, please do call me: +234-803-7919572 Awaiting your prompt response whether accepts or not.
Dr Smart johnson

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