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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:

Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2006 17:01:31 +0200

Banco Santander Central Hispano
Calle Gonzales 16, 25436 Madrid

Hello Dear,
It is by virtue of trust, and the nature of this transaction as being CONFIDENTIAL that I send this letter to you.

I am Mr Raul Wang Qin The Chief Auditor of Banco Santander CentraI Hispano Madrid Spain got your contact address from the Spanish Information Exchange(SIE), your impressive managerial record made me to solicit for your partnership in this transaction.
Briefly, when going through some old files in my Department, I discovered a dormant fund (Company's Account). The sum is €7M (SEVEN MILLION EURO'S).

During my research, I found out that this account was open with our bank in 1982,and since 1999 no body has operated on this account until this day. The Account Number is 14-255-2014/utb/t, and the original owner of the account is LATE MR.JEROME N.SNAGA- A foreign investor, who is also a miner at the Anglo-Gold Mining Company in Mafikeng. My investigations proved to me that MR. JEROME SNAGA died on the 14th of April 2001 by a fatal motor clash.(Accident).

I made more research over his death, and it proved to me that he did not
name any individual as beneficiary/nest-of-kin [heir] to his funds before he died, and I have personally watched with keen interest for the past years to see the next-of-kin [heir] but, all has proven Abortive. Even his company has no knowledge on the existence of this fund.
On this note, I would like to present you before my bank as the Next-of-keen/ beneficiary to this funds so that it can be transferred into your bank account in favour of YOU and I.

1) I will put in place the important bank formalities/ process that will be needed by the bank once approval is issued to us.

2) My bank management will be ready to transfer the funds to whom ever that comes up with correct information/ details to this account of which I shall furnish you.

3) I am only contacting you because,the funds cannot be approve to a local bank account, but can only be approve to any foreign bank account as the former owner of the account (MR. JEROME SNAGA) was a foreigner.

4) Upon the successful transfer of this funds into your bank account, I accept to give you 30% of the total fund, while I shall Keep 65%, and 5% shall be map out for putting the necessary clearing documents in place. Be rest asured that I will use my office position to push forward this transfer until the funds is successfully transferred into your bank account.

And this will take 9 working days for us to conclude. As soon as I hear from you, I shall furnish you with the next details/ steps to this transaction. Until I read from you.
Best Regard
Wang Qin

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