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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: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2008 17:59:57 +0530 (IST)

I have a new email address!You can now email me at:

- I am Dr.Philip Aliu. the senior Accountant in my Bank and account officer to Mr.Even Marsden who was a big time contractor with the Government of Benin Republic.On The 21st day of the month of march 2003, My dear friend, a lovely customer in the field of Business whom with his wife Mrs.Victoria Marsden and their two children were involved in an auto-crash along side with the most ever busy road called Tokpa High Way Cotonou Benin Republic out of over speeding was smarched under a truck full load of building materials with their own official vehicle and unfortunately they all lost their lives Since then,five years till date, The Board of Directors of my Bank have made several enquires to their Embassy in able to locate any of my customer's extended family member or relatives who will by the right of the law claim all his fixed deposit and the rest of his property as the next of kin of my late customer which we've tried our possible best but it seems to no avail.I have contacted you to assist in repatriating this fund and Property left behind by my client before they get Confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank where this Huge deposits amount of money,Ten million USA Dollars (USD10M) was lodged.The Bank has published several Notice for the Next of Kin of the deceased to apply for collection of this Funds or have the account confiscated within a shot Period of time.Since I have been unsuccessful in locating their relatives for over this years,so i decided to seek your consent in presenting you as the Next of kin of the deceased, so that the proceedure of this Account valued at US10 million dollars can be paid to you as the next of kin,Then you and i can shares it at,60% of the total sum to me and 40% comes to you for your effort,showing of concern, also we can discuss on how to help me put up a structure of an investment in your country immediately the fund is transfers to your account.I am asuring you that i have all the necessary legal documents that will be used to back you up for us making this claim which i intend to present you. All i required from you is your honest co-operation to enable this deal come through and be successful.I guarantee you that this will be excuted under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the Law Please in acceptance to this offer kindly get in touch with me immediately through my private email or my telephone number +22993181037 and send to me your contact telephone and fax numbers for an easy communication between both of us.thanks and awaiting your immediate response.Best regards,Dr.Philip Aliu

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