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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: ama mark <>
Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2006 23:58:12 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: urgent assistance with trust


Dear Friend,

Compliments of the day.How are you and your business today with hope that God is fully in control.I believe that you will be suprise to receive this mail in the sense that you dont know me till this moment.

I am Mr.Ama Mark. the manager of Bill and Exchange at the Foreign Remmittance Department Of CONTINENTAL BANK LOME TOGO.I am writing following the impressive information about you . In my department I discovered an abandoned sum of $15m, Us dollars (Fifteen million US Dollars) in an account that belongs to one of our foriegn customer who died along with his entire family in plane crash on 31 October, 1999 on board the Egyptian Airline 990 alonside other passengers,

Since we got information about his death, we have been expecting his next of kin to come over and claim his money because we can not release it unless somebody applies for it as next of kin or relation to the decease as indicated in our banking guidlines and laws, but unfortunately I learnt that all his supposed next of kin or relation died along side with him at the plane clash leaving no body behind for the claim. It is therefore upon this discovery that I decided to make this business proposal to you and to enable the release of the money to you as the next of kin or relation to the deceased for safety and subsequent disbursement since nobody is coming for it and I dont want this money to go into the bank treasury as unclaimed bill.

The banking law and guidline here stipulates that if such money remained unclaimed after six years, the money will be transfered into the bank treasure as unclaimed fund. The request of a foreigner as next of kin in this business is occassioned by the fact that the customer was a foreigner and a togolaise cannot stand as next of kin to a foreigner.We will discuss our sharing percentage as soon as we establish a mutual relationship.After the tranfer I will visit your country for disbursment according to the percentages we will decide upon.

Therefore, to enable the immediate transfer of this fund to you as arranged,I will issue you an specimen of application which you will apply first to the bank as relation or next of kin of the the specimen of the application you will re-type,fill the necessary information about you and summit it to the bank which the address will be upon the application.
upon receipt of your reply, i will send to you the application.but at thesame time i will want you to include to me your telephone and fax number for our effective communication.Also i will like you to know that we have to keep this business secret between ourselves.

God Bless You,
Ama Mark.

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