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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: "ALEX EVANS" <>
Date: Mon, 19 Feb 2007 19:09:48 +0000
Subject: Awaiting your urgent reply.

Mr. Alex Evans,
Nat west BANK London
Senator House
85 Queen Victoria Street
London EC4V 4HA

I am Alex Evans, head of Auditing, Nat west Bank London, England.On Monday,
31 July 2000, one Andreas Schranner, a German National, a property magnate,
made a numbered time (Fixed) Deposit, valued at ?6,550,000.00 (Six Million,
Five Hundred and Fifty Thousand Pounds) for twelve calendar months in my
Bank Branch.

Upon Maturity, we sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but
got no reply. After a month, we sent a reminder and finally we discovered
that Mr.Andreas Schranner, his wife and only Child (daughter) was aboard the
AF4590 plane, which crashed Monday, 31 July, 2000 into the Hotelissimo.You
can read more about the crash on visiting this site:

My investigation proved that he died with his supposed next of kin (the
daughter Mrs. Andrea Eich) in the crash.

The total sum, ?6,550,000.00 is still in my bank and the interest is being
rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each year. No one will ever
come forward to claim it. Consequently, I shall present you to stand in as
the next of kin to the late Mr. Andreas Schranner.

In accordance with the British banking laws and constitution, at the
expiration of 5 (five) years, the money will revert to the British
Government treasury if nobody applies as the next of Kin to claim the funds.

Consequently, I shall present you as a foreign partner to stand in as the
next of kin to the late Mr. Andreas Schranner.Upon acceptance of this
proposal; I will give you detailed information on
how this deal would be carried out. The money will be shared in the ratio:
sixty five percent (65%) for me, thirty five percent (35%) for you.I
guarantee that this will be executed under legitimate arrangement that will
protect you from any breach of the law as I will use my position as the
Bank's head of Auditors to secure approvals and guarantee the successful
execution of this transaction.Please be informed that your utmost
confidentiality is required.On your
reply include your private telephone/fax number.

Awaiting your urgent reply.

Best regards,

Mr. Alex Evans.

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