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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: "michael uche" <>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2005 09:08:02 +0000

From the Desk of MICHAEL UCHE
Standard trust bank Plc
Lagos Branch.

Dear Friend,

I have viable business transaction to propose to you that will be of benefit
to both parties.I got your contact thruogh a friend,i and was inspired to
seek your co-operation.I am seeking for someone overseas who will assist and
cooperate to act as the relative to one late DR.DONALD HECK(of MARYLAND USA)
whose money,US$12.5 M has been in suspence account in our bank (STANDARD
TRUST BANK PLC)since his death in Egypt air plane crash in 1999.

Friend, i strongly believe this deal will change are live in the nearest
future.Hope to invest into {5 STAR HOTEL}, on my shear under your care in
your country, certain percentage shall be given to you.

If you are interested and capable to assist, please, do feel free to contact
me on my private email address,for more clarifications and, of course,
discuss on its disbursement percentage.I am waiting for your urgent response
and also your telephone and fax number are needed for easy
communication, and also your bank acount details.

Looking forward to your positive response.

My regards.

All further correspondence should be on this

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