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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: "Richard Duke" <>
Date: Fri, 25 Nov 2005 16:03:29 +0000

Branch Accounts Manager,
Prudent Bank Nigeria Limited,
Falomo Office Complex,
Ikoyi, Lagos.

Attn Sir/Madam,

On SUNDAY, February 2, 2003, a bomb blast explosion took place on the Lagos
Island, right inside My bank; So far a total lost of about US$20.5 million
has been recorded, this includes both cash and property of the bank. Please
View the Link below:
However as the Accounts Manager of the BANK,I discovered Most of our Data on
accounts has been lost as well, as there has not been anyback up or network
trace even from the HEADQUARTERS;therefore all losses would be artributed to
the Explosion. The lagos State Government has taken charges to pay for all

I found out i still have Data's of foreign Customers who are contractors in
Nigeria and who own accounts with the Branch, Particularly that of an
American oil contractor Mr Burke Sean, who was reported Dead in a plane
crash[Korean Air Flight 801] with the whole passengers aboard on August
6,1997.And for your perusal you can view this website:
who's contract payments has been Made and would be tranfered to his foreign
accounts from the CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA, upon our confirmation of his
foreign designated account as well as a beneficiary to his funds and

Mr Burke Sean, while our customer never left a trace of his next of kin, and
His contract Payment which is about US$15M, would be made to no one as we(
the bank) has none of his Data/next of kin's contact.

My proposal is that I will like you as a foriegner to stand in as the next
of kin to Mr Burke Sean so that the fruits of this old man's labor will not
get into the hands of some corrupt government officials, Besides the Bank
which i work in has been blown up, i have no Job for now, i have to make a
living and only me knows the information so far about this.
This is simple, I will like you to provide immediately your full names and
address so that the Attorney will prepare the necessary documents and
affidavits which will put you in place as the next of kin. We shall employ
the service of an Attorney for drafting and notarization of the WILL and to
obtain the necessary documents and letter of probate/administration in your
favour for the transfer.

A bank account in any part of the world which you will provide will then
facilitate the transfer of this money to you as the beneficiary/next of kin.
The money will be paid into your account as payment for his Contract by the
CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA upon my submission of the Contract information and
your application as his next of kin for us to share in the ratio of 70% for
me, 20% for you and 10% will be use to cover all the expensives that will
come-up in the course of this transaction.

There is no risk at all as all the paperwork for this transaction will be
done by the Attorney and my position as the Branch Accounts Manager
guarantees the successful execution of this transaction.

Upon your response, I shall then provide you with more details and relevant
documents that will help you understand the transaction. Please observe
utmost confidentiality, and rest assured that this transaction would be most
profitable for both of us because I shall require your assistance to invest
my share in your country.

Your phone and fax number are need for easy communication.

Awaiting your urgent response.

Your Faithfully.

Branch Accounts Manager,
Prudent Bank Nigeria Limited.

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