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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: victory maurice <>
Date: Wed, 30 Apr 2008 13:22:33 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Private Contact

Dear Sir

I found you listed in the World Trade Journal that I got from the International Chambers of Commerce directory of my country and it is my pleasure to offer you my partnership in business.

1 want to transfer abroad the sum of US$48,500.000.00 From Seguridad Privada Securitas, a private security company, in Madrid Spain where I work as the financial controller I am soliciting for your assistance to provide either an existing bank account or to set up a new one immediately to receive this money as long as you will remain honest to me till the end of this important business transaction. I sincerely hope that you will never let me down either now or in future.

This fund was discovered in. the course of our annual auditing of the company’s account It was found floating in an account opened in the security company in the year 1998 and for a long time now, nobody has operated this account. After going through some old files in the records, I discovered that funds belong to Mr. Morris Thompson who died long ago in the plane crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261, that crashed on January 31, 2000 along with his wife and only daughter who were suppose to be his next of kin hence the money has been floating

Since we got information about his death, we have made frantic efforts to reach any of his relatives to claim his money because we cannot release it unless somebody applies for it as a relative but up till now all our efforts in this direction has been abortive. I therefore want to transfer this money with your assistance because if I do not do this the security company will freeze the account and confiscate it for nothing after waiting for a very long time

I am contacting you as a foreigner because this money can only be approved
to a foreigner with a valid international passport, driver's license and
foreign account since the money is in dollars and the former owner of the
account Mr. Morris Thompson was also a foreigner.

You will have to give me the assurance that this money will be intact
pending our physical arrival in your country for sharing and disbursement
which I think should be in the following ratio: 45% of total sum for you, 45% for us while the remaining 10% will be set aside to refund or take care of all the
expenses that will be incurred by both parties during the course of the
transfer as the case may be.

I look forward to your earliest response.

Best regards,
Victory Maurice

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