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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: "Barrett Hugh Scott" <>
Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2005 06:43:44 +0000
Subject: BETTER DAYS!!!

Dear Friend,


Let me start by introducing myself to you, I am Hugh Scott-Barrett, Chief
operating Officer of the ABN AMRO BANK NEDERLANDS. I saw your contact during
my private search in the internet and I want to accept as true that you will
be very honest, unswerving and capable of assisting in this business

To begin with, let me explain the source of this funds and what you are
expected to do. A foreigner, Late Wellstone Paul David who was a senator
till his tragic death on 25th October 2002 in a plane crash that killed
Wellstone Paul David, his wife Sheila, daughter Marcia, and five others near
Eveleth, Minnesota. Until his death some years ago he had a functional
account with the ABN AMRO BANK NEDERLANDS. The deceased Late Wellstone Paul
David banked with us and had a closing balance as at 6th January 2003 worth
€ 28,255,100.00 (Twenty Eight Million Two Hundred and fifty five Thousand,
One hundred Euros). My bank now expects a next-of-kin to claim the funds as
the beneficiary. Efforts have been made by ABN AMRO BANK to get in touch
with the Late Wellstone Paul David family or relative but to no avail.

Based on the perceived possibility of not being able to locate Late
Wellstone Paul David relatives, the management under the influence of our
chairman and the board of directors are making arrangements for the funds to
be declared unclaimed and channeled to an unknown account. It is based on
this that I have contacted you to stand as the next-of-kin of Late
Wellstone Paul David so that the funds, will be released and paid into your
account as the beneficiary/next-of-kin to the deceased.

All documents to enable you get the funds have been carefully worked out as
I have secured documents from the different offices concerned for the smooth
transfer of the fund to your nominated account. It has been agreed that you
will be compensated with 30% of the remitted funds, while I keep 60% as my
share and 10% is been set aside for both local and international expenses
that might be incurred in actualizing this transaction.

If this proposal satisfies you, please reach me either by
mail; or phone +31 64 921 4989, for more
clarification about how this will be done

Yours faithfully,

Hugh Scott-Barret
Chief Operating Officer
+31 649 214 989

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