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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "" <>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2008 14:25:06 +0000
Subject: Value Attention -- Reply

Value Attention -- Reply


Dear hornest one.

I have a proposal for you, this however is not mandatory nor will I in any
manner compel you to honour against your will. But I have the honor and
confidence to introduce this business proposal to you in view of the fact
that my inquires reveals that you are trustworthy and reliable person.

I am 50, and work with one of the renowned banks (one of the African leading
banks in the West Coast). there is an account that was created in our branch
long time ago but have not been operational since 2004,because the owners
were involved in the Tsunami disaster five year.

When I discovered that there had been no deposits nor withdrawals from this
account for this long period, I decided to carry out a system investigation
and discovered that non of the family member nor relations of the late
person is aware of this account. My private and intensive investigation
discovered that the owner of this account (MR. MIKE & CAROL HALL) a very
Wealthy Couple who operated this account once lived in the United Kingdom
before their untimely death as a result of the disaster, but to my
greatest astonishment, there was no will nor next of kin to the account.

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This is the story in a nutshell.

Since there has been no one to claim the funds in that account,the bank
management is willing to welcome any foreigner who has correct information
to this Account which I will give upon receipt of your positive response
towards my proposal. Now I want an account overseas where the bank will
transfer this funds.Thereafter, I had planned to destroy all related
documents for this account. It is a careful network and for the past eleven
months I have worked underground to ensure a hitch-free operation.

The amount is not so much at the moment and plus all the accumulated
interest the balance in this account stands at-( $ 9 million US dollars).

Now my questions are:-

1. Can you handle this project?
2. Can I give you this trust?
3. What will be your commission?

Consider this and get back to me as soon as possible.

Finally, it is my humble prayer that the information as contained herein be
accorded the necessary attention, urgency as well as the secrecy it
deserves. As soon as I hear from you I will put up an annual leave so I
could be able to facilitate the transfer of this fund to any Account of your

Should you be interested else ignore this message! Contact me urgently for
the way forward. I Expect your urgent response if you can handle this
project. Call me at this direct line +228 0687246. Alternatively (

Respectfully yours,
Mr.Eduardo Aninat.

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