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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: moudar sogolo <>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2005 11:10:14 +0100 (BST)

Financial Bank
Of Benin,Cotonou

Good Day,
I wish to notify you that I am privileged to peruse over your profiletoday I am greatly impressed on your person. I am Mr.MOUDAR the director in charge of Auditing and Accounting section of Financial Bank Of Benin in West Africa,and also a special account officer of Mr.Hani Saiid El-Ali,a Lebanese.He was a Seasoned Contractor with Benin Cement Company in Benin Republic., who unfortunately died in the Plane crash of Union TransportAfricaines Flight Boeing 727 in Cotonou, Benin republic on the december 25,2003.

You will read more stories about the crash on visiting this or

Before his death on the 25th December 2003, Mr.El-Ali has a fixed deposit account with the bank and no other person knows about this account or any thing concerning it,the account has no other beneficiary and myinvestigation proved to me that his supposed next of kin died along with him in the crash, Since then I have made several enquiries to locate any of my clients extended relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful. After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to contact you. I contacted you to assist in repatriating the money left behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank.

Consequently, Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over5 weeks now. I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased so that the proceeds of this account valued at US$9.6 million can be paid to you and then you and me can share the money. 65% to me and 35% to you.
I have all necessary legal documents that can be used to back up any claim we may make.

All I require is your honest co-operation to enable us see this deal through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangementthat will protect you from any breach of the law. All documents of transaction will be destroyed immediately we receive this money leaving no trace to any place.

If this proposal is acceptable to you,

kindly email your following information to me:
A.Private telephone number
B.Private fax number
C.Private email
Await your Urgent reply


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