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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: "JAND MANTEL" <>
Date: Fri, 11 Nov 2005 04:03:36 +0000

E MAILS:pls reply to:

Dear Sir/Ma,
Goodday to you and your family.I wish to introduce myself
as Jand Mantel a South African that works with the
Research and Verification Department of First Atlantic bank
of Nigeria.
I was born 55 years ago to a South African father and a
Sudanese mother and i have been working in this Nigerian
bank for the past 21 yeas.
I wish to introduce and seek your help for a business
relationship for it is God who gave me this golden
opportunity to be millonaire in this business relationship.
In the month of June Last two Years one of our customers Mr
Danzel Latratizz died in a plane crash when he came from
his country Holland to complete his construction contract
that was arwarded to him by the Nigerian Goverment.
After completing his Job,our Bank was asked to pay Mr
Danzel Latratizz a sum of $28.6m US dollars.The Money was
credited into his account on his Request and had an
argreement with the foriegn Manager to transfer the funds
to his account on his arrival in Holland.
The bad News came into out premises on the 17 Of august
2002 that Mr Danzel Latratizz died in local Plane crash
when he was going to Abuja due to lack of fuel because
during this peroid,nigeria was experiencing fuel scarcity
so there were lots of bad fuel.
As soon as this happened,the Bank closed up his accounts
and orderded me as he head the Research and Verification
deparment of the Bank to look into the matter to know if he
filled the next of kin colum of the database with relative
or next of kin who can claim this funds after his death.
Along side i found out that he had no next of kin records
with the bank since he did not know he will die so
suddenly,he did not fill who will claim his funds after his i decided to Hide that Part of information to the
After this was done,the Bank sent me to holland and
orderded me to Look for his Families and relatives in
holland at his given Address but there was no one to be
found as they told me the address does not exist and nobody
like that bears the name.
I myself has taken this opportunity to look for someone
that can act as next of kin on this behalf and claim the
funds into his/her Foreign Account.
With my status at the bank i will be able to tell them that
the next of kin has been found as soon as you agreed to do
this with me i will immedaitely update the next of kin
colum with your Informations on the bank database so that
you can apply for the claim fo the funds.
I am ready to give out 10% of this Money to you if you can
really help me out on this before i get Back to South
I strongly assure you that this project is
risk free provided you keep it highly confidential and
ultmost secrecy until it is successfully completed,then i
will tender my resignation letter to the bank and travell
down to your country with my family.
I also want you to advise me on what to invest my share in
which will be highly profitable for me and my family.
Please kindly Give a reply on this to know if you can help
me out.Also kindly give me your personal telephone number
for easier communication.

Expecting your soonest and positive response.pls reply to
Jand Mantel

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