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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: "Mr. yusuf Adams" <>
Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2005 16:34:31 +0000

>From The Desk of Mr. Yusuf Adams.
Auditing and Accounting Unit.
Union Bank of Nigeria Plc. (UBN)
Lagos, Nigeria.

Tel: +234 8053522996

Courtesy of Business opportunity, I take liberty anchored on strong desire
to solicit and crave your indulgence to make this project request for a
joint business transaction which is of mutual beneficial and risk free
transaction with you and I hope will not come to you as a surprise, hence I
plead for your pardon. I am Mr. Yusuf Adams, the Auditing and Accounting
Unit, Foreign Operations Department Union Bank Of Nigeria, Plc. I have an
urgent and confidential business proposal for you. On June 6th, Engr. Steve
Moore made a numbered time (Fixed Deposit) valued at US$15.500.000.00
(Fifteen Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) in my branch,
on maturity I sent a routine notification to his forwarded address but got
no reply after months we send a reminder and finally we discovered from his
contract employee (Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation) that Late Engr.
Steve Moore died from an automobile accident, on further investigation it
was clear that he died without making a will. All attempts by the Australian
Embassy to trace his next of kin were fruitless.

I therefore made further investigation and discovered that Late Engr. Steve
Moore did not declare any next of kin or relations in all his official
documents including his deposit document in my bank. The total sum of
US$15,500,000.00 is still in my bank as dormant account. According to
Nigerian banking law and procedures herein stipulates that any account
abandoned or dormant for a period of some years is subjected to be closed
and all money contained therein will be forfeited to the Government Treasury
Account as “Unclaimed Bills”. Now it is being speculated that the above sum
will be transferred into Government Treasury Account as unclaimed funds on
or before December 2005 as long as the account owner is certified death and
nobody comes forward to claim it.

The reason for you to present your good self as the next of kin in
occasioned by the fact that the deceased customer was a foreigner. Mode of
sharing after the successful completion of the transfer is as follows, for
the role you will be expected to play in the whole exercise, we have agreed
to give you twenty five (25%) of the total sum, and 5% has been set aside
for expenses we are going to encounter by both parties in the process of
this transaction and the remaining 70% shall be for my colleagues and I.
There is no risk involved. I am using my position and connection in the bank
here to do all the document work for the transaction and I shall obtain all
necessary documents and letter of administration in your fovour for this
transfer. This transaction is risk free guaranteed, if you are in support of
the aforementioned, you are urged to reply this letter indicating your
readiness and interest to participate in the business. After you reply, you
will be advised on the next step forward.

I quite believe that you will protect our interest by keeping this business
Top Secret and Confidential, as your interest will be equally protected in
order to achieve and maintain maximum confidentiality. Trust to hear from
you on the above Telephone number: +234 8053522996 or Email: as I count on your earliest response.

Yours truly,

Mr. Yusuf Adams.
Tel: +234 8053522996

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