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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "TONY FREEMAN" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 3 Aug 2009 01:18:29 +0100

Good day,

With warm heart I offer my friendship, and greetings, and I hope this mail meets you in good time. However strange or surprising this contact
might seem to you, as we have not met personally or had any dealings in the past, I humbly ask that you take due consideration of its
importance and immense benefit. I also sincerely seek your confidence, as I make this proposal to you as a person of integrity.

I am contacting you to assist in retrieving a certain sum of amount deposited in a security company by my late client who perished with his
entire family in a ghastly motor accident a long time ago. This fund has to be claimed before it gets confiscated because the security company
doesn't know that the content of the consignment is cash because on the day of deposit we declared it as family valuables and personal effects
because we never want them to know the true content of the consignment.

The security company has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or have the consignment confiscated within the next few weeks and this
very money is too big for me to allow it to be confiscated by the authority.Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over
a year now I seek your consent, to present you as the next of kin of the deceased.

Upon this discovery, I now seek your permission to have you stand as a next of kin to the deceased, as I will carefully work out all
documentations for the funds to be released in youfavouror as the beneficiary next of kin. It may interest you to know that we have secured from the
probate an order of mandamus to locate any of deceased beneficiaries.

Please acknowledge receipt of this message in acceptance of our mutual businessendeavouror by furnishing me with your full names, address and
direct contact numbers. These requirements will enable me file letter of claim to the appropriate departments of the security company for necessary approvals
in yourfavouror before the transfer can be made I shall compensate you with 40% share of the total amount of the fund, while 55% goes to me, and the
remaining 5% for expenses incurred during the transaction. I have all necessary legal documents that can be used to make this claim. All I
require is your honest co-operation to enable us see this transaction through.I guarantee you that this will be executed under a legitimate
arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. I am not imposing this transaction on you; it is a thing of self-willingness.

After going through the proposal and understanding it very well, get back to me immediately so that we can start as follows:

1) I will send to you the contact of the security company, the deposited code,for you to call for verification if such deposit really exists.

2) The claim will require both of our physical presentation at the security company.

3) The boxes will also be shipped to your place of destination Please contact me; I will introduce myself fully pending your response.

Tony Freeman

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