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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "john kaku" <>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2006 10:05:01 +0000
Subject: A SINCERE OFFER (Respond ASAP)

Good day,

My name is Mr.John Kaku; I am the chief Accountant with the Union bank Plc
here in Nigeria. I would want to use this medium after going through your
profile to seek for assistance in a business transaction which is of mutual
benefit. A foreigner late Engr. David Hardy who is from your country, an Oil
merchant/Contractor with the Federal Government of Nigeria, until his death
in a ship mishap, who banked with us at our Bank and had a closing balance
of US$21.5 million, which the bank now expect any of his available next of
kin to claim.

To this regards,I have been directed by the board of Trustees of the bank to
notify the diseased next of kin, which I have done and found out that he has
no next of kin, which means that this funds will be lost to the government,
which we all know will be stolen. In order to avert this development, myself
and some of my trusted colleagues in the bank now seek your indulgence to
have you stand as late Engr. David Hardy's next of kin hence you are the
same country so that the fund will be subsequently transferred and paid into
your foreign account.

On indicating your interest, all documents and proofs to enable you get this
funds will be carefully worked out and we are assuring you a 100% risk free
transaction. You will be allowed to retain 30% of the total amount after the
transaction. If this proposal is okay by you, and you wish to takeadvantage
of the trust bestowed on you.

Reply this mail as quickly as possible to enable me furnish you with
relevant details to this transaction.

Best regards and God Bless.
John Kaku

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