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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: "aburime nelson" <>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2005 13:17:56 +0000
Subject: Dear friend,

Dear friend,
I am Mr.ABURIME NELSON, a Regional Supervisor with A SECURITY AND FINANCE
CO. in Amsterdam,Holland. We had a foreign client (name with Held) who
deposited a huge sum of money (US$12million dollars) with our Security
Eventually, this client was among the victims of EGYPT AIR BOEING 767 FLIGHT
NO.990 that crashed on the 31-10-1999 in U.S.A but, since then We have not
had any body coming for the claims as the next of kin.
A Situation I have monitored closely with my position in the Company. Now,
Having monitored this deposit and managed it over the years before his
Death, and hence nobody has showed up as the next of kin for the past four
Year plus, I have removed the file to my private safe. I now solicit for
your assistance to present you as the next of kin as every other arrangement
has being concluded by me and I am only Waiting for a foreigner to enable me
move the fund to his account. I will need your private telephone and fax
numbers and your full name and address, company or residential so that I can
computerize them to tally with the next of kin column in the certificate of

This does not have any risk attached to it as all the internal
documentations will be handled by me. I therefore request you to confirm
your interest by a return message and I will furnish you with details.
Lastly for the immediate take off of this transaction you have to confirm
your willingness and readiness to assist me retrieves this deposit.
Please for your assistance in this transaction you will be entitled to 20%
percent of the total sum and 10% percent will cover all the expenses
incurred in the process of the transaction.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Contact me with my
Best Regards

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