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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: "patrick dube" <>
Date: Fri, 19 May 2006 13:48:36 +0200

FROM: Mr.Patrick Dube 
No.30 Royal Street, Park Town.
South Africa.
TEL: +27-73-16-40-087.



Dear Sir,

In order to transfer out (20 million United State Dollars) from our bank. I have the courage to ask you to look for a reliable and honest person who will be capable for this important business believing that you will never let me down either now or in future.
I am Mr.Patrick Dube the Southern district bank manager of African development Bank Limited (ADB).
An account was opened in this bank in 1995 and since 2005 nobody has operated on this account again. After going through some of the old files in the records, I discovered that if I do not remit this money out urgently, it will be forfeited for nothing. The owner of this account is DR.Smith Andrews, a foreigner, he died since 1995. No other person knows about this account or any thing concerning it. the account has no other beneficiary and my investigation proved to me as well that his family does not know anything about this account.I want to transfer this money into a safe foreigners account abroad but I donít know any foreigner, I am only contacting you as a foreigner because this money can not be approved to a local bank here, but can only be approved to any foreign account because the money is in US dollars and the former owner of the account is a foreigner too. I know that this massage will come to you as a surprise as we donít know our selvesbefore, but be sure that it is real and a genuine business. I only got your contact address accidentally through the computer with believe in God that you will never let me down in this business. You are the only person that I have contacted in this business, so please reply urgently so that I will inform you the next step to take urgently. Send also your private telephone and fax number including the full details of the account to be used for the deposit. I will also like us to sign a binding agreement to bind us together so that you can receive this money into a foreign account or any account of your choice where the fund will be safe.
I will fly to your country for withdrawal and sharing and other investments. I am contacting you because of the need to involve a foreigner with foreign account and foreign beneficiary. I need your full co-operation to make this work fine Because the management is ready to approve the payment to any foreigner who has correct information of this account, which I will give to you later , if you are able and with capability to handle such amount in strict confidence and trust according to my instructions and advice for our mutual benefit because this opportunity may not come to me again.
I need truthful person in this business because I donít want to make mistake. I need your strong assurance and trust. With my position now in the office I can transfer this money to any foreignerís reliable account, which you can provide with assurance that this money will be intact pending my physical arrival in your country for sharing. I will destroy all documents of transaction immediately we receive this money leaving no trace to any place.I will apply for annual leave to get visa immediately i hear from you that you are ready to act and receive this fund in your account. I will use my position and influence to effect legal approvals and onward transfer of this money to your account with appropriate clearance forms of the ministries and foreign exchange department. At the conclusion of this business, i will give you 30% of the total amount, 65% will be for me and my Accountant, while 5% will be for expenses both parties might have incurred during the process of transaction. I look forward to your earliest reply by E-mail:
Thanks and have a nice day.
Best regards,
Mr.Patrick Dube.

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