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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:

Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2008 20:34:21 +0200
Subject: My Dear,I wait your urgent response.

*My Dear,*

* *

*I wish to inform you that this letter is not a hoax mail and I urge you to
treat it serious because I believe it is only a day that people meet and
become great friends and business partners. My name is Mr.Gabriel Orjiso
the present branch Manager of a bank here in Benin . I write you this
proposal in good faith, believing that I can trust you with the information
I am about to reveal to you. Like I said, I have a transaction that will
benefit both of us, your assistance is required as a foreigner.*

* *

*As I resumed duty, I discovered an account with total sum of € 7.500.000
(Seven Million Five Hundred Thousand Euros) that has not been operated for
the past years. From my investigation, I found out that this account belongs
to one late Dr. Jack Hartman a great industrialist and a resident of Guinean
Conakry, who unfortunately lost his life along with his family.*

* *

*The account has no other beneficiary because I have kept a close monitoring
of the account since then and nobody has come forward to ask about the money
as next of kin to the late Dr.Jack Hartman meaning that no one is aware of
the account. I cannot directly take out this money without the help of a
foreigner and that is why I am contacting you for an assistance to claim the
funds and share it with me. As the Manager of my bank branch, I have the
power to influence the release of the funds to any foreigner that comes up
as the next of kin to the account, with the correct information concerning
the account, which I shall give you.*

* *

*I am seeking your co-operation to present you as the next of kin to the
account, so that my bank will release the funds to you. There is practically
no risk involved, the transaction will be executed under a legitimate
arrangement that will protect you from any breach of law. If you accept to
work with me, I want you to state how you wish us to share the funds in
percentage, so that both parties will be satisfied. *

* *

*Contact me as soon as you receive this message if you feel we can work
together, so we can go over the details. *

* *

*Email: *** <>*
Telephone +229-9304-9567*

* *

*Thanks and remain blessed. Please, treat with utmost confidentiality. *

* *

*I wait your urgent response. *

*Yours Sincerely,*

*Mr.Gabriel Orjiso

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