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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: "william parker" <>
Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2005 00:20:11 +0000

Dear Friend,

My name is Willam Parker, I am a senior
banker in a bank here in the United
Kingdom. I am contacting you for a
business transfer, of a huge sum of
money from a deceased account.
Though I know that a transaction of
this magnitude will make any one
apprehensive and worried, but I
am assuring you that everything
documents that will bring about
the success of this transaction would
be provided, and all will be well at the
end of the day. I decided to contact
you due to the urgency of this transaction.

The deceased person who died Neal Walker
died in an air crash along with his wife on
the 31st October 1999 in an Egyptian airline
990 with other passengers on board was
an American Oilconsultant/contractor with
the Chinese Solid Minerals Corporation.
You can confirm his death from the
website below which was published by
none of his next-of-kin are alive to make
claims for this money as his heir, because
they all died in the same accident himself
and his wife (May their soul rest in peace).
We cannot release the fund from his
account unless someone applies for
claim as the next-of-kin to the deceased
as indicated in our banking guidelines.

Upon this discovery, I now seek your
permission to have you stand as a next
of kin to the deceased, as all documentations will be carefully worked to
make you the beneficiary to the funds #6,100 000 00 GBP
(Six million, one hundred thousand Great
British pounds sterling) which will be
released in your favor as the next of kin. Because after six years the money
will be
called back to the bank bond treasury as unclaimed bills and the money
amongst the directors of the bank.
so it is on this note I decided to seek
for whom his name shall be used as the
next of kin/beneficiary to this funds
rather than allow the bank directors to
share this money amongst themselves
at the end of the year.

It may interest you to know that we have secured from the probate an order
mandamus to locate any of the deceased beneficiaries. Please acknowledge
receipt of this message in acceptance
of our mutual business endeavor by
furnishing me with the following nformation
if you are nterested.

1. Full names and address,

2. Telephone and fax Number.

3. your occupation.

For our personal contact and mutual trust in each other. I shall be
compensating you
with 35% of the above amount on final conclusion of this project for your
assistance, the balance 65% shall be
for me , because I intend to retire
after the conclusion of this
transaction . If this proposal is
acceptable by you, please endeavor
to contact me immediately. Do not take
undue advantage of the trust I have
bestowed in you, I await your urgent
mail now.

please structure your reply through
this e-mail address:

Best Regards,

Mr.Willam Parker


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