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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: "Peters M. Andrews" <>
Date: Wed, 10 Jun 2009 18:39:38 +0400
Subject: Urgent Business proposals

>From Mr. Peters Mark Andrews,

How are you today and your family? I hope all is good, kindly pay attention
understand my aim of communicating you today through this letter, my name
is Mr.
Mark Andrews, Regional Managing Director NatWest Bank, East Anglia and
Home Counties London. I have decided to seek a confidential co-operation
you in the execution of the deal described here-under for our both mutual
benefit and hope you will keep it a top secret because of the nature of the

transaction, During the course of our bank year auditing, I discovered an
unclaimed/abandoned fund, sum total of US$12,500,000.00 (Twelve Million
Hundred Thousand United States Dollars Only) in an account that belongs to
of our foreign customers (Late Mr. Thompson Morrison) an American who
unfortunately lost his life and family, in the plane crash of Alaska
Flight 261 which crashed on January 31st, 2000.

Now our bank has been waiting for any of the relatives to come-up for the
but nobody has done that. I personally have been unsuccessful in locating
any of
the relatives for 4 years now, I sincerely seek your consent to present you
the next of kin / Will Beneficiary to the deceased so that the proceeds of
account valued at {US$12,500,000.00} can be paid to you, which we will
share in
these percentages ratio, 60% to me and 40% to you.

All that I require from you is your sincere co-operation; trust and utmost
confidentiality to enable us conduct this transaction successfully. I
you that this transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangement
will protect you from any breach of the law both in your country and here
London once the fund is transferred to your bank account. Upon your
consideration and acceptance of this offer, please proceed immediately and
to me the following information.

-Your Full Name,
-Your Contact Address &
-Your direct Mobile telephone Number.

This information will enable me to upload your data into our bank database
reflect in the bank network system that you are the named next of kin/will
beneficiary of this fund and I will guide you on how to open communication
the bank and make the claims for onward transfer of the fund to you, please
that we have few days to carry out this deal, Your kind rapid response
through my personal email: will be highly

Thanking you in anticipation for your response.

Mr. Mark Andrews
Regional Managing Director,
NatWest Bank Plc London.

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