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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: Daniel Aku <>
Date: Mon, 22 Dec 2008 03:13:08 -0800 (PST)

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

- My Name is Mr. Danny Aku and I work for Continental Trust Bank Of Nigeria (CTB) PLC, I know this is an unconventional way of introducing a big and profitable business deal, but I however want you to take your time to read my letter carefully, you will understand the neccessity for my action.I wish to inform you that I have stumbled on an account file in the cause of my Job as the director of auditing, Continental Trust Bank Plc, which reveal a dormant domiciliary account with a balance Of US$ 15,600,000 (Fifteen Point Six Million USD) and on discreet investigation, We did discovered that the account holder (Mr. Mikhail Khodorkovsky whose National is Russia has died of cadiach arrest on July,2003.Afer the bank management meeting being held quarterly at our headquarters which deliberated on possible confisactation of the said account at the end of this fiscal year 2008, I did resolved in finding a responsible person to whom the bank would entrust this treasury as an inherit!
ance estate, hence this proposals to you.I now solicit to present you to the Bank as the Next Of Kin to this account so that the Bank would release the fund to you for our benefit (We share 50% each). The required documentation for this claim would be procured through an attorney under a laid legal Frame work as this business is 100% risk free.Be informed that this payment would be made through an ELECTRONIC TRANSFER MODE(SWIFT) into your resident account within (seven (7) days once a favourable response is received from you as I will serve as an advisory Body to you towards this claim to avoid any mistakes.Below is my Contact Informations: Name:n Mr. Danny Aku,Email:,Tel:+234 806 615 5410.Finally, You must oblige to all directives to ensure prompt payment of this fund. You should send your response to these private email {} and any clarifications should be made through my direct telephone.The parties would be entitle to 50% shar!
e of this inheritance once claim is transferred successfully into your
account so that we would work together as partners in progress and do not hesitate to contact me is you need more details and direction.Thanks in Anticipation,Best Regards,Mr.Danny Aku

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