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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: Sun, 13 Nov 2005 07:55:01 +0000


Dear Sir,

I got your contact from the World Trade Organisation directory of the US,
Canada & European Union and I am very sorry to interrupt your peace since
you are not expecting to receive any mail from me.However, I was obliged to
do so due to the importance and urgency of the message. I crave your
indulgence, and want to reassure you that I mean well and that it is only
for our mutual good. So please do not be embarrassed.

My name is Mr.Alexander Shev. I am a social worker with an
international-governmental/Voluntary organization based in Switzerland. I am
the accounts/ Project Director in-charge of the Middle East regional
resentation. Our organization, through local NGO'S and other Agencies and in
partnership with the United Nations High Commission for refugees,UNHCR,
UNESCO,etc works and sponsors development projects and social services in
some third world/developing countries, assistance and re-settlement of
victims of natural disaster, civil wars and Refugees, displaced/oppressed
children and minority people around the world.

I am just back from Iraq where in the cause of performing our duties we
found a huge amount of cash in an abandoned Palace, I reached an agreement
with the members of my team whom are UN officials and we agreed to keep this
money to ourselves and then moved the box out of Iraq to America (with their
immunity as UN officials they are not searched at borders or airports). Now,
I am in need of a reliable and trustworthy person or company overseas whom I
can confidently work with since my work does not permit me to own a foreign
bank account or any personal business until retirement, I have the honor to
confide this information in you and to request for your pleasure to assist
to receive and secure the money in your account, pending our retirement from

Please understand that my approach to you is based only on my positive
reasoning and on the belief that you will not disappoint or betray me at
last.The amount is fairly huge and we have agreed that on completion of the
deal, you will retain some reasonable percentage of the (33%) as
compensation for your assistance. the amount of the money is TWENTY EIGHT
MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS ($ 28 Million) Toconsider our official
positions, reputation and integrity,especially,the opportunities in the
business itself, it is very necessary that all due care be taken so that we
do not miss the opportunity due to carelessness.

You are therefore expected and advised to display high degree of
maturity,responsibility and understanding in handling this information.

I will give you all the details in my next mail when you have indicated your
interest and commitment to work with me. Always remember that this is the
highest confidence and trust any person can repose on the other, especially
when it is considered that we did not know ourselves before.I hope you will
honor me too. We can come over to join you for sharing and to guarantee that
we have unlimited access to you before and when the funds hit your account.
Moreso for an effective and easy communiation I will advice that you furnish
me with your telephone, cell and I eagerly,await your positive response.

Please kindly send your response to me.

Best regards,

Mr. Alexander Shev .

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