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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: "Miss Jannifer Cole" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 8 Jun 2009 17:27:06 -0700
Subject: Dear Friend, please contact me immediately......

Dear Friend,
How are you today, before I start with my proposal, I will like to introduce myself, my name is Miss Jennifer Cole, I am from Wales in the United Kingdom, but I live and work here in London, I work with a security and deposit company here where important personnel keep their valuables money for a self keeping, and the name of the security company is WORLDWIDE TRUST SECURITY AND DEPOSIT COMPANY, LONDON.which am the operation manager of the security company.
I want to ask for your consent to execute a business deal in this company where I work, the business is that I want to present you to this company as the next of kin to one of our late client who died with his family in a plane crash some years back, and this man came from Dubai, but lived here in London before the incident, this man deposited a consignment with our company as family belongings containing huge amount of money.
I want to present you as his next of kin, so that the consignment can be released and delivered to you in Dubai where you will claim it from the Diplomat who will bring it.
From the time of the incident that claim the late man's life and his family till now, no member of his relatives have shown up to claim this consignment deposited with our security company, this is why I want to present you as his next of kin,Name will not be a problem, because I will get some documents which will authenticate you as his next of kin.
I want to hear from you urgently as to know if we can continue so that I will tell you what next to do so that we can start the claim and also talk about our percentage.
You can reply me through this email address:
I wait your reply
Miss Jennifer Cole

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