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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: "Sandra Braunecker" <>
Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2010 18:01:14 +0700

The information contained in this message is confidential and is intended to
create a mutually beneficial business relationship between us.

I am George Mckenzie a staff of HSBC British Virgin Islands. I suffered
stroke and now receiving treatment in a herbal home and have been here since
I fell sick and my anxiety is becoming unbearable because of my ill health.

I need your assistance to liaise with my Son Dean Mckenzie and receive an
investment capital of US$9,678,000.00 =Nine Million Six Hundred and Seventy
Eight Thousand U.S Dollars Only= to your country.
As a professional trader who generate a reliable and regular income from
share trading by sticking to, and mastering, only a small number of straight
forward but powerful trading techniques. I generate millions of dollars for
my bank and companies who are trading under HSBC.

The money accrued from stock trading proceeds. I floated a company here and
applied for stock trading loan which was granted and I traded for a period
of 11 months with a profit of US$9,678,000 which have been approved and paid
to the company through CHINA BANK as bank of choice with Certified Bank

The loan have been cleared, but we cannot clear the draft through any bank
locally due to specific reasons:

(1) I can not receive such a huge amount in my personal account as an
employee of a bank
(2) The company has no functional bank account because I floated it as a
foreign company but I can give an authorization letter/power of attorney to
any beneficiary to receive the money on behalf of the company with the help
of the lawyer who is processing the payment for the company.

My Son have all the company registration documents and registration number
also will provide every legal evidence here in BVI for you to receive the
fund on behalf of the registered company through CHINA BANK.

This transaction is straight forward and transparent, the whole process will
take few days to complete and it is going to be between you and my Son Dean.
The fund would be released to you as the beneficiary, upon conclusion of the
transaction, my Son will meet you in your country for investment with 60% of
the total amount then the remaining 40% will to go to you for your

Thanks for your understanding.
George Mckenzie

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