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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: "Mr.John Dara" <> (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2006 19:49:02 +0000
Subject: Thanks for your time

Mr John Dara
Tel: +221-4488469

Dear friend,

I know this email will reach you as a surprise, but need not to worry as i am using the only secured and confidential medium available to seek for foreign assistance in a business.
I am contacting you concerning a customer and deposit placed under our banks management 10 years ago,i am contacting you independently of our investigation and no one is informed of this communication.
I am MR.John Dara from ECOBANK, DAKAR-SENEGAL.Branch.This business request may seem strange, but I crave your indulgence and pray you view it seriously as I am convinced that you would be capable to provide me with a solution to a money transfer.
On 6 june,1997, a Nigerian came to make a (fixed) deposit valued at US$16,500,000.00(sixteen Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars )in my branch to be claimed by a foreing beneficiary to be later named,upon maturity, sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but got no reply.
After three years, we sent a reminder and still no responce,so we decided to open an investigation,finally we discovered the money was Part of the loot the late Nigerian Ruler General Sani Abacha stole from Nigeria,the money was deposited under
a false name. you can confirm it yourself via the website below.
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On further investigation, I found out that no one knows of the deposit not even his family members he died without telling any one of it.Therefore he did not declare any next of kin or relations in all his documents, including his bank deposit paperwork in my bank as the deposit was a secret one.
My bank has waited for the beneficiary to come and make claims but no one has ever come forward,the reason is that he was yet to name the beneficiary before he died and i am the only one aware of this fact because i am the one in charge of the transaction.
This sum of US$16,500,000.00 and the interest is being rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each year. No one will ever come forward to claim it According to AFRICAN law, at the expiration of (TEN) years, the money will revert to the ownership of the SENEGAL Government if nobody applies to claim the fund.
Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand as the beneficiary to the deposit so that the money will not get into the hands of some corrupt Government officials. I assure you that I could have the deposit released
to you in a few days. I will simply inform our bank of the final closing of the file relating to the deposit.This is simple, I will like you to provide immediately your full name and address so that the Attorney will prepare the necessary
documents and affidavits which will put you in place as the beneficiary.
We shall employ the service of two attorneys for the drafting and notarization of the WILL and obtain the necessary documents and letter of probate administration in your favour for the transfer.
Any 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.
The money will be paid into your account for us to share in ratio of 60% for me and 30% for you and 10 % will be set aside for expenses incured during the business .
There is no risk at all;i have waited eigth years now to be very sure of this plan,the paperwork for this transaction will be done by the attorney and my position as the Branch Manager guarantees the successful execution of this transaction. If you are interested, please reply immediately via the private email address below, upon your responses, I shall provide you with more details and relevant documents that will help you understand the transaction.
Please observe utmost confidentiality and be 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.
Please upon your approval of this mail message, send to me the following to enable me start the processing of the fund transfer into your bank account:
1.) Bank details to be used (that is banks name and account number)
2.) The beneficiary's name.
3.) Your private / official telephone and fax number.
Awaiting your Urgent Reply via my private or call me on my private telephone number: +221-4488469
Thanks and God bless,
Mr.John Dara

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