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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: <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 22 May 2006 09:27:45 -0500
Subject: Yourssincerely


please do not be embarrassed as I would like to request your assistance in a business transaction of mutual benefit, I am Franklin James,and a member of The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), our committee is in charge of contracts awards and payment for all contractors who executed contracts in the rebuilding of Iraq. The contract award is still going on right now by our Agency in Iraq.A contract was awarded to Bechtel Corporation of of San Francisco, California on April 17, 2003 which includes-rehabilitation of power generation facilities, electrical grids, municipal water systems, sewage systems, airport facilities, the dredging, repair and upgrading of the Umm Qasr seaport and reconstruction of hospitals, schools, ministry buildings, irrigation structures and transportation links; goal is to repair or rehabilitate up to 100 hospitals, 6,000 schools (out of approximately 25,000), up to six airports, and one southern seaport.The total contract sum was valued for US$680 Million (Six Hundred And Eighty Million United States Dollars) The contract was fully executed and commissioned and certified OK by L. Paul Bremer, the former U.S. administrator of Iraq on the 4th of August 2005.

In the course of my work with USAID, I recently discovered that the contract was over-invoiced by our agency to the tune of US$36.5M which is now left in Security Deposit & Finance Company in Iraq. I have made a deal with the committee members to have a neutral person stand as the beneficiary That is my reason for contacting you.Due to attacks by insurgents everyday and car bombing Iraq, it is not advisable that you come to Iraq to claim the cash payment from the Security Deposit & Finance Company. We will have the consignment shipped in your name to Germany so that you can collect the money. The mode of sharing shall be discussed by percentage after I have heard from you.

For security reasons, it may not be wise to make a bank to bank transfer considering the amount involved, but if you can go in person and collect the Money, you can then transfer it gradually into various accounts with the help of the Diplomats that will bring the consignment to Germany. Nonetheless, we can still work out something if you cannot travel.Please if you are not interested, I will be very greatful if you keep this to yourself because I am still in active service.I am sure you will handle this news with maturity.I am presently in Iraq and I cannot receive foreign calls for security reasons. We shall communicate by email. I will only call you when necessary.

Franklin James
Contract Award Committee

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