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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: barry lo <>
Date: Mon, 3 May 2010 10:26:41 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Read This Message And Get Back To Me.


Read This Message And Get Back To Me,

This letter must come to you as a big surprise, but I believe it is only a
day that people meet and become great friends/ business partners. I am Mr
Fernando Jorge Luis, currently Head of Corporate Affairs Department with a
reputable bank here in Spain Banco La Caixa. I write you this proposal in
good faith, believing that I can trust you with the information I am about
to reveal to you.


I have an urgent and very confidential business proposition for you. On
June 5th, 2000, Brithish business tycoon Mr.Webster  Alexander made a (Fixed
deposit)of €7.5million  in my bank and I happen to be his account officer
before I was moved to my present position recently. The  maturity date for
this deposit contract was last 3rd of November 2009. Before this date, I have
tried my possible best to locate a Next of Kin to late Mr.Webster Alexandar,
but all efforts proved abortive, because all his family, including his Son
In-Law and children died in the plane crash of Concorde Air France Flight
AF4590 which took place on 25th July 2000, some months after he did the
deposit in my bank. You can read more story about the plane crash by
visiting this website;

I have all necessary legal documents that can be used to back up any claim
you may make for All I require from you is your honest  cooperation to
enable us see this deal through,  I guarantee that this transaction is
100% risk free and will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that
will protect you from any breach of the law can also Confirm
the Below information immediately for easy communication:

1. Full Name
2. Address
3. Age And Sex
4. Occupation
5. Mobile Phone Number
6. Nationality.


If you accept to work with me, I want you to state how you wish us to
share the funds in percentage, so that both parties will be satisfied. I
shall explain to you in details how we shall handle the transaction once I
receive your response. Thanking you in advance and may God bless you.
Please, treat with utmost confidentiality. I shall send you copy of the
deposit slip issued to Mr.Webster  Alexander when the deposit was made for
your perusal. I wait your urgent response.


Please reply to this email:


Mr Fernando Jorge Luis


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