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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: Tue, 20 Feb 2007 06:31:35 -0500 (EST)

PLEASE ASSIST ME.From: Mr. JIDE OGUNDARE,Manager: Prudential Insurance CompanyRely to my Private Email Address: mrjideogundaremanager20@yahoo.dkDear Friend,I feel quite safe dealing with you in this business proposition having gone through your remarkable profile on the internet. Though, this medium (Internet) has been greatly abused, I choose to reach you through it because it still remains the fastest, surest and most secured medium of communication. However, this correspondence is purely private, and it should be treated as such.I also guarantee you that this deal is hitch free from all what you may think of. I am MR. JIDE OGUNDARE, Manager incharge of Claims and Indemnity of PRUDENTIAL Insurance Company. I am contacting you based on Trust and confidentiality that will be attached to this deal for the benefit of both of us. The Management and the Legal / Treasury Department of this PRUDENTIAL Insurance Company in a recent meeting, recommended that the account of MR.
ROBERT FINKELSTEIN, who maintained a Life Assurance Policy, should be declared Dormant and confisticated hence moving his unclaimed benefits funds to the Treasury according to our Banking and Financial law. Recently, I came across a very huge sum of money belonging to a deceased person (MR. ROBERT FINKELSTEIN). He is foreigner, unfortunately He is now late as he was amongst those that was Killed in the recent plane crash as you can confirm through this website I shall guide you with all diligence and legal processes to ensure the smooth perfect success of this transaction and the Funds (US$45Million) must be transfered into your own bank account in your country as the newly approved beneficiary. Upon my personal finding on this matter, I kept this information secret to myself until now that I am contacting you. In view of the fact that the deceased customer is a foreigner (from a different country), it is Officially importan!
for the involvement of a foreigner who will pose as a next-of-kin. I will use my exalted position in this company to present you as his Next of Kin as you can be his relative, friend or Cousin and the Mone (US$45Million) will be Safely transfered into your own bank account in your country. Before I made up my mind to contact you, I have concluded every arrangement to ensure that you receive the funds successfully as the next of kin. Please include your telephone/fax number/ Home Address when replying this mail and I will give you more information as soon as you indicate your willingness to assist in this transaction. We will use our positions to get all internal documentations to back up the claims. The whole Procedures will last only 5 working days to get the fund retrieved successfully Without trace even in future.Please I need the following:1. YOUR FULL NAME2. PHONE AND FAX NUMBER3. HOME ADDRESS / COMPANY'S NAME AND ADDRESS.4. BANK ACCOUNT (WHERE YOU WILL WANT THE MONEY T!
BE TRANSFERED INTO)5. YOUR AGE AND SEX.After successful conclussion of this transaction, we shall share the money 50-50 (50% for you and 50% for me). I await your good response today. Thanks and remain blessed. I require you to maintain the confidentiality of this transaction because it is important due to the fact that I am still in active services to the PRUDENTIAL INSURANCE COMPANY. Your earliest response to this matter is very important. Yours truly,Mr. JIDE OGUNDARE,Manager: Prudential Insurance CompanyRely to my Private Email Address:

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