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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: "Barr Sam Smith" <>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2005 03:01:56 +0000
Subject: Partinership in Business



Partinership in Business

I am Barrister Sam Smith principal Attorney to the late minister of sports
in nigeria, Mr Ishaya Mark Aku. It is quite obvious that the patriotic
entity died on Air-crash on Saturday 4th may 2002. His death decrease the
morale of our National Team towards the up-coming 17th FIFA COUPE DE MONDE
tagged KOREA/JAPAN 2002.

Beside, Mrs Elizabeth Mark Aku his wife, due to the trust and confidence she
has on me as his husband Attorney mandated me to search for a reliable and
trustworthy foreign partner, who will help receive some funds which she had
in cash totaling US$45M (Fourty Five Million United States Dollars only)
into a personal, company or any reliable foreign bank She has decided to
offer anybody who will be willing to render this tremendous assistance, 40%
of the total sum.

Note that this transaction involves no risks However this fund has been
deposited in security company in Nigeria (African Country).and you are to
deal direct to me so that i will be able to update you on this transaction
or you will deal directly with the Security Company once we process the
necessary documents that will enable you to clear the consignment from
them,where the money is right now.

Let me have your confidential, in your response to this proposal.I shall let
you into a complete detailed picture of this mutual beneficial transaction
when I have received your anticipated response. This matter should be
treated as urgent and strickly confidential!
Thanks and God bless you.

Best regards,
Barrister Sam Smith for)
Elizabeth Mark Aku.(private email)

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