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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.Baron Charls" <>
Date: Sat, 1 Jul 2006 11:49:46 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Reply

Ahli United Bank (UK) PLC.
Baker Street, London,W1U 8EG.
United Kingdom.
Phone : +44 703 181 9831
Fax : +44 870 912 7515
Private email :
Attention Sir.
I am Mr.Baron Charls. Esq the manager of a prime bank
United Kingdom.I do not know you and you do not know
me but for reasons which will become obvious to you as
read on I obtained Your email address from an Internet
address listing hoping and Believing God that you will
be trustworthy reliable and willing to assist
Me.Please Sir exercise some patience while you read
through my message.
I have a very urgent and confidential business
proposition for you.On June 6th 1999, an
engineer/Consultant/Contractor with a big and
Influential Multi national Oil Company and a
foreignerhere made a time Deposit in a bank Which I am
presently the Manager.He did not declare any next of
kin in his application paper. The money is very big
and no one knows the source of this money because
apparently the time frame of his employment with the
company here in London does indeed preclude such a
large amount of money.It can be assumed that he
brought his money over from his country or previous
place of work but that is open to speculation.
However,the point is that he is dead and his employers
are not aware Of this money,and therefore it can be
safely assumed that no one will ever come forward to
claim this money, he died in 2002. The total
sum(inclusive of accrued interests) is still sitting
in my Bank in the Dormant Account Portfolio. No one
will ever come forward to claim it now or in the
future and according to our banking laws,after 5
years,the money will automatically revert to the
British Government Treasury if the Account owner is a
foreigner and is certified dead but with you
a foreigner applying for the transfer of this fund to
your nominated account anywhere in the world and all
documents backing the transfer legally secured and
there is certification that the funds being
transferred are from non-criminal sources we will have
no problems.In short this will be a proper and
legalmoney transfer and there will be no related risk!
We will have to process the initial paperwork to
obtain approval from the Probate Registry (Ministry of
Justice)and obtain the Letter of Administration
empowering you as Sole trustee/executor to the
deceased Estate after which I will use my position and
influence in the bank to effect onward transfer of
this money from our bank to your nominated account. If
you therefore agree to be the official
Beneficiary,then please note that you will be required
to avail me with a bank account (a bank account with
zero Credit Balance is ok).Your full address,phone and
fax,full name and brief background information on you
As soon as I receive a positive response on your
willingness to assist me then I will initiate the
processing of the transfer and in about 7 working days
the money will be in your nominated bank account for
us To share in the ratio of 60% for me and 40% for
This transaction is guaranteed to success without any
problems. If you agree to assist me by sending me the
above requested information, I will give you my
complete address, including phone/ fax etc and any
further clarifications you may require.
Please you can reach on my telephone +44 703 181 9831
or fax +44 870 912 7515 at anytime of the day.
Mr.Baron Charls.

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