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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: Eloy Savimbi <>
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2008 20:55:58 -0800 (PST)

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

- Good Day ,I am sorry to encroach into your privacy in this manner; I found you listed in the Trade Centre Chambers of Commerce directory here in Burkina Faso . Please do accept my sincere apologies if my mail does not meet your personal ethics,I am Mr Eloy Savimbi, The manager of bill and exchange at the foreign remittance department of my Bank. I am writing you for the second time since you did not reply to me at first email sent to you. However,I am contacting you in order to ask for your assistance on this confidential business proposal with full financial benefit for both of us. Before I go into further details, please be informed that I am writing without any other erson(s) pre-knowledge of my contacting you on this transaction. Therefore I will appreciate same attitude to be maintained by you all through.In my department I discovered an abandoned sum of US$8.5M, (Eight Million, Five Hundred Thousand US Dollars) with account number 14-2558-5976 that belongs to one of our foreign customers who died along with his wife and only daughter in a plane crash of Alaska Airlines Flight number 261 which crashed on January 31st 2000.You shall read more about the crash ,Mr. Morris Thompson an American and great industrialist in resident of Alaska . It is therefore upon this discovery that I now decided to make this business proposal to you and for our bank to release the money to you. You have to follow the instruction which I will be sending to you as the next of kin or business partner to the deceased for safety and ubsequent disbursement since nobody is coming for it and I don't want this money to go into our bank reasury as unclaimed bill. In appreciation of your assistance, I am offering you 35% of the total sum. 5% for contingencies expenses likely to be incurred during the course of transaction, while the remaining 60% is for me. Upon receipt of your reply, I will send to you by fax or email the text of the application which you will complete and forward to our bank asking for this money to be paid to you as the next of kin to Mr. Morris Thompson.This transaction is totally free of risk and troubles as the fund is legitimate and does not originate from drug, money laundry, terrorism or any other illegal act. You should contact me immediately you finish reading this mail with the following iformation's.1............Your office and home addresses 2Your .............Occupation......... 3 Your Age...... ....4 Your Private Telephone number....... ......5 Your Nationality........ ...When you reply this message, I will send you the tex of application. If interested or not please notify me by replying through my alternate Email thanks Eloy Savimbi.

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