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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: "steven john" <>
Date: Sat, 07 Jan 2006 03:35:43 +0000
Subject: Re.To Steven John.I Need Your Help.


I am Mr. Steven John,a manager in the Bills and Exchange at the Foreign
Remittance Department of one of the leading banks in Ghana. I am writing
this letter to ask for your support and cooperation to carry out this
business opportunity in my department.

We discovered an abandoned sum of$12,500,000.00 (Twelve Million Five
Hundred Thousand United States Dollars only) in an account that belongs to
one of our foreign customer
Mr.Paul Philip who died along with his entire family a wife and two children
in November 1999 in an auto crash.

Since we heard of his death, we have been expecting his next-of-kin to
come over and put claims for his money as the heir,because we cannot release
the fund from his account unless someone applies for c! laim as the
next-of-kin to the deceased as indicated in our banking
guidelines.Unfortunately, neither their family member nor distant relative
has everappeared to claim the said fund.It is in our banking guideline that
if none of the relatives come up to claim this fund after 6years of the
death of the late customer,the fund will be regarded as an unclaimed bill
and will be transferred to the bank's treasury account.

Upon this discovery, I and other officials in my department have agreed
to make business with you and release the total amount into your account as
the heir of the fund since no one came for it or discovered he maintained
account with our bank,otherwise the fund will be returned to the banks
treasury as unclaimed fund.

We have agreed that our ratio of sharing will be as stated thus;30 % for
you as foreign partner,65 % for us the officials in my department and 5 %
for the settlement ofall local and foreign expences incurred by us and
youduring t! he course of this business.

Upon the successful completion of th is transfer, I and one of my
colleagues will come to your country and mind our share. It is from our 75%
we intend to import Agricultural Machineries into my country as a way of
recycling the fund.

To commence this transaction,we require you to immediately indicate your
interest by a return e-mail with thefollowing information:

1) Your full name :

2. Your private telephone and fax number :

3, Your Occupation :

Upon the receipt of this,i will inturn get back to you and give you the
mordalities for the bank to approve you as the next of kin.
Note also, this transaction must be kept because of its nature.I look
forward to receiving your prompt response.

Please reply through this email address :

Best Regards

Steven John.

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