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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: "MR.FRANKLIN TAYLOR" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 4 Sep 2009 20:38:10 +0100
Subject: Can I trust you with this business Proposal ?

Dear friend,

I am Franklin Taylor, am the manager credit and accounts department of
Credit Suise First boston Bank here in London. I am writing following an
opportunity in my office that will be of immense benefit to both of us.

In my department I discovered an abandoned sum of $18.5million United State
Dollars in an account that belongs to one of our foreign customers Late Mr.
Morris Thompson an American who lost his life in the plane crash of Alaska
Airlines Flight 261 which crashed on January 31 2000, including his wife and
only daughter.

You shall read more about the crash on visiting this website.

Since we got information about his death, we have been expecting his next of
kin or relatives to come over and claim his money because the Bank cannot
release the funds unless somebody applies for it as next of kin or relation
to the deceased as indicated in our banking guidelines.

Unfortunately I learnt that his supposed next of kin being his only daughter
died along with him in the plane crash leaving nobody with the knowledge of
this fund behind for the claim. It is therefore upon this discovery that I
the manager credit and accounts department now decided to do business with
you and release the money to you as the next of kin or beneficiary of the
funds for safe keeping and subsequent disbursement by both of us since
nobody is coming for it and I don't want this money to go back into
Government treasury as unclaimed bill.

I agreed that 40% of this money will be for you as foreign partner, while
the balance will be for me. I will visit your country for the disbursement
according to the percentages indicated above once this money gets into your
account. Please be honest to me and note that trust is our watchword in this

Also I will need your full name and Address, Company or residential
including your phone/fax number so that I can computerize them totally with
next of kin column in the certificate of deposit.

Note this transaction is confidential and risk free. As soon as you receive
this mail you should contact me by return mail whether or not you are
willing to enter into this deal. In the event you are not interested, I
sincerely ask that you disregard this email and tell no one about it. I am
very careful on truncating my banking career should you mention this to
someone else. I hope you can be trusted in this regard.

Please note that all necessary arrangement for the smooth release of this
fund to you has been finalized.

We will discuss much in details when I do receive your response via my
private email address:

You can also call me at my private number: +447024038045

Best regards

Mr. Franklin Taylor

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