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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: "Franklin Osward" <>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2005 14:22:39 +0000
Subject: MUTUAL BENEFICIAL PROJECT...................




First I must solicit your confidence in this
transaction, this is by virtue of its nature as being utterly
confidential and
top secret. Though I know that a transaction of this
magnitude will make any one
apprehensive and worried, but I am assuring you that all will be well at
the end of
the day. We have decided to contact you due to the urgency of this
as we have been reliably informed of your discreetness and ability in
transaction of this nature.
Let me start by introducing myself properly to you. I
manager with the Zenith International Bank Plc, Lagos. I came to know you in
my Private
Search for a Reliable and Reputable Person to handle this Confidential
Transaction, which involves the transfer of Huge sum of Money to a Foreign
Account requiring Maximum Confidence.
A Foreigner an Australia, Late Engr. Steve Moore
(Snr.) an Oil Merchant with the Federal Government of
Nigeria, until his death
months ago in Kenya Air Bus (A310-300) Flight KQ431,Banked with us at Zenith
Bank Plc, Lagos and had a closing balance as at the end of September, 2000
US$15,000,000(fifteen million United State
Dollars), The bank now expects a next of kin as beneficiary. Valuable
are being made by the Zenith Bank Plc to get in touch with any of the
family or relatives but to no success.
It is because of the perceived possibility of not
being able to locate any of Late Engr. Steve Moore
(Snr.)' s next kin (He had no wife or children that is known to us). The
Management under the influence of our Chairman and Members of the Board of
Directors, that arrange has been made for the fund to be declared
and subsequently be donated to the trust fund for arms and ammunition to
enhance the course of War in Africa and the World in General.
In order to avert this negative development some of my trusted colleagues
and I
now seek your permission to have you stand as next of kin to Late Engr.
Moore (Snr.) so that the fund US$15 million will be released and paid into
your account as the beneficiary's next of kin. All documents and proves
to enable you get his fund will be carefully worked
out. We have secure from the probate, an order of
madamus to locate any of the deceased beneficiaries, and
more so we are assuring you that this business is 100% Risk Free
Your share stays while the rest be for myself and my colleagues for
purpose. According to agreement within both parties.
As soon as we receive an acknowledgement of receipt of this message in
acceptance of our mutual busines
proposal, we would furnish you with the necessry
modalities and disbursement ratio to suite both
parties with out any conflict. While replying furnish me with your private
and phone numbers for easy communication.
If this proposal is acceptable by you, do not make
undue advantage of the trust we have bestowed in you.

Best regards,

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