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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: "john paul" <>
Date: Tue, 23 May 2006 10:36:31 +0200
Subject: Your Mail

(RE:TRANSFER OF ($126,000.000.00 USD}


We want to transfer to overseas ($ 126,000.000.00 USD)One hundred and Twenty
six million United States Dollars) from a Bank in Africa, I want to ask you
to quietly look for a reliable and honest person who will be capable and
fit to provide either an existing bank account or to set up a new Bank a/c
immediately to receive this money, even an empty a/c can serve to receive
this money, as long as you will remain honest to me till the end for this
important business trusting in you and believing in God that you will never
let me down either now or in future.

I am Mr john paul .the Auditor General of a bank in Africa, during the
course of our auditing I discovered a floating fund in an account opened in
the bank in 1995 and since 1998 nobody has operated on this account again,
after going through some old files in the records I discovered that the
owner of the account died without a [heir] hence the money is floating and
if I do not remit this money out urgently it will be forfeited for
nothing,the owner of this account is Mr.Ahmed Tariq , a foreigner, and a
sailor, and he died, since 1998. and 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 Ahmed Tariq until his death was
the manager Tari Coy.(pty). SA. We will start the first transfer with
Twenty six million[$26,000.000] upon successful transaction without any
disappoint from your side, we shall re-apply for the payment of the
remaining rest amount to your account.

The amount involved is (USD 126M) One hundred and Twenty Six million United
States Dollars, only I want to first transfer $26,000.000 [Twenty Six
million United States Dollar from this money into a safe foreigners account
abroad before the rest, but I don't know any foreigner, I am only contacting
you as a foreigner because this money can not be approved to a local person
here, without valid international foreign passport, but can only be approved
to any foreigner with valid international passport or drivers license and
foreign a/c because the money is in us dollars and the former owner of the
a/c Mr.Ahmed Tariq is a foreigner too, [and the money can only be approved
into a foreign a/c.

However,we will sign a binding agreement,to bind us together I got your
contact address from my secretary who operates computer, I am revealing this
to you with believe in God that you will never let me down in this business,
you are the first and the only person that I am contacting for this
business, so please reply urgently so that I will inform you the next step
to take urgently, want us to meet face to face to build confidence and to
sign a binding agreement that will bind us together before transferring the
money to any account of your choice where the fund will be safe. Before we
fly to your country for withdrawal, sharing and investments.

I need your full co-operation to make this work fine,because the management
is ready to approve this payment to any foreigner who has correct
information of this account, which I will give to you, upon your positive
response and once I am convinced that you are capable and will meet up with
instruction of a key bank official who is deeply involved with me in this

I also need your strong assurance that you will never,never let me down.
With my influence and the position of the bank official we can transfer this
money to any foreigner's reliable account which you can provide with
assurance that this money will be intact pending our physical arrival in
your country for sharing. The bank official will destroy all documents of
transaction immediately we receive this money leaving no trace to any place
and to build confidence you can come immediately to discuss with me face to
face after which I will make this remittance in your presence and three of
us will fly to your country at least two days ahead of the money going into
the account,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 obtain all legal approvals for onward
transfer of this money to your account with appropriate clearance from the
relevant ministries and foreign exchange departments.
So the most important thing to do now,is for you to send your private
telephone and fax number including the full details of the account
to be used for the deposit.

N.B:{NOTICE BOARD} Any a/c can serve to receive this money,be it a newly
opened a/c or the one you have before {existing}can serve to receive this
fund,provided that the A/C is valid and can carry up-to the said amount,but
more prefarabally,the newly opened A/C.

You should also note that,At the conclusion of this business, you will be
given 35% of the total amount, 60% will be for me,while 5% will be for
expenses both parties might have incurred during the process of

I look forward to your earliest reply.

Yours In Business,
Mr john paul.
{Auditor General}

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