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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: "David King" <>
Date: Sat, 12 Nov 2005 15:24:12 +0000

Auditing and Accounting Unit
Foreign Operations Department
Union Bank Plc
Nigeria West Africa.

Dear Sir,

I am King David,one of the Directors in charge of Auditing and Accounting
section Union Bank Plc. in Nigeria West Africa and also Chairman of
Investigating and Auditing Department of this Bank.
With due respect and regard, I have decided to contact you on a Business
Transaction that will be very beneficial to both of us and our families in

During our Investigation and Auditing in this Bank, my department came
across a very huge sum of money belonging to one Mohamed Abba the senior
brother to Hajia Mayam Abacha wife of late General Sani Abacha formar
Nigeria head of State.He MOHMMED ABBA is a big contactor to NNPC and Mobil
Oil co Plc.He is no way to be fund since the date of his inlaw Nigeria Head
of State, Late General Sani Abacha.who stole a lot of NIGERIA money and
Starched Abroad to Switzerland Bank before he died in 1998.

As the fund has been dormant in his MOHAMMED ABBA account with this Bank
without any claim of the fund in our custody either from his family or
relation because he did not indicate any next
of kin to this account incase if anything happened to him.

Although personally, I keep this information secret within myself and
partners to enable the whole plans and idea be profitable and successful
during the time of execution.The said amount is U.S $35.5m (Thirty Five
Million, five hundred thousand United States Dollars).As it may interest you
to know, I got your impressive information through one of my good friends
who works with Chamber of
Commerce on foreign business relations here in NigeriaI did not disclose the
deal to him.
Meanwhile as a Senior Staff in this bank, and the Director of Auditing and
Accounting, I have in my possession all the necessary documents to perfect
this deal by making you the bonafide next of kin/Partner whom this money
will be transferred into your account.

I need your assistance and co-operation to get this deal done.Because as a
foreigner, you stand a better position to be presented through documentation
as the next of kin/Partner.
I will not fail to inform you that this transaction is 100% risk free. On
smooth Conclusion of this transaction, you will be entitled to 35% of the
total sum as gratification,while 2.5% will set aside to cover expences which
may arise during the time of transfer and also telephone bills and mails,
while 62,5% ls for me and my partners.

Please, you have been advised to keep this "Top Secret" as we are still in
service and intend to retire from service after we conclude this deal with
you. And I assure you that this transaction will not last more than 10
working days and you confirm the money in your account. I will be
monitoring the whole situation here in this bank until you confirm the money
in your account. And ask us to come down to your country for subsequent
sharing of the fund according to percentages previously indicated and
further investment,either in your country or any country you advice us to
invest in.

All other necessary vital information will be sent to you when I hear from
you. I suggest you get back to me as soon as possible stating your wish in
this deal.

I am expecting your urgent reply as soon as you receive this message. Please
send your response through my alternative email addresses for security
measures I will give you my private phone numbers when I hear from you.

( God bless you And your family )
Best Regards,

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