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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:

Date: Sat, 29 Oct 2005 10:45:22 +0000

Bill and exchange of the foreign remittance,
Department of citizen international bank,
Lagos. Nigeria.
Please reply this e-mail my private e-mail (
soon as possible .


I am writing to you, following the impressive information about your profile
through the website, and I believe in your capability and reliability to
champion this opportunity. In my department, we discovered an abandoned sum
of $30 million us dollars (thirty million us dollars) in an account that
belongs to one of our foreign customers who was the former A.D.C of chevron
petroleum country company in Nigeria.

Who died along on October 9, 1998 in a ghastly motor accident?
Since we got information about his death, we have been expecting His next of
kin to come over and claim his money because we can not Release it unless
some body applies for it as next of kin or Relative to the deceased as
indicated in our banking and financial Policies but unfortunately we learnt
that his supposed next of kin or relation died with him in the accident
leaving nobody behind to claim the money. It is therefore upon this
discovery that I and other officials in my department now decided to make
this business proposal to you and release the money to you as the next of
kin or relation to the deceased for safety and subsequent Disbursement since
nobody is Coming for it and we don’t want this money to go into the bank
Treasury as unclaimed bills. The banking law and guide Line here stipulates
that if such money remained unclaimed after ten years, The money will be
transferred into the bank treasury as unclaimed fund.

The request for a foreigner as next of kin in this business is occasioned by
the fact that the customer was a foreigner and an Indigene cannot stand as
next of kin to the deceased family. We agreed that 30% of this money Will be
for you as foreign Partner, in respect to the provision of a foreign
Account, 5% will be set aside for expenses incurred during this transaction
And 65 % would be for me and my colleagues.

Thereafter, I and my colleagues will visit your country for Disbursement
According to the percentages indicated. therefore, to Enhance the immediate
transfer of this fund to you as arranged, you Must apply first to the bank
as relation or next of kin of the Deceased indicating your private,
telephone and fax number for easy And effective communication and location
where the money will be Remitted.Upon receipt of your reply, I will send to
you by fax or email the Text of the application.

I will not fail to bring to your notice that this transaction is hitch free
and that you should not entertain any atom of fear as all required
arrangements have been made for the transfer.You should contact me on my
private e-mail (
soon as you receive this letter.

I decided to contact you as you have products of Interest In your part of
the world where we can invest our own percentage to avoid people’s awareness
as we are civil servants.

Note that we can conclude this operation within ten banking Days. Please
keep this very confidential for obvious security Reasons. Contact me for
more information, all confirmable before you apply if you want.

Trusting to hear from you shortly for detailed information which Are
Confirmable before you can make up your mind to apply. If however, you are
not interested, do let me know by return mail too as I will not contact
anybody else until I hear from you.

Yours faithfully,
Mohamed Nabil.

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