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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: "DAN NEWSMAN" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 6 Aug 2011 14:26:03 -0000

Chief Auditor .
Financial Bank Head office Corporate
Audit Department.
06 BP 1409 dpakpa godomey,
Lome Togo Republic.
Dear Friend
I am MR DAN NEWSMAN ( Chief Auditor ) with Financial Bank Togo Plc, (Audit Department) In my department we discovered an abandoned sum of 10.5 million Euros ( Ten  million five hundred thousand Euros) in an account that belong to one of our foreign customer Late Engineer Daniel Victoria a Russian federation who unfortunately lost his life on a TAM airline commercial jet crashed in Sao Paulo, Tuesday, July 17, 2007 and burst into flames after skidding off a runway and barrelling across a busy highway. About 176 people on board were dead .You can read more about the crash by visiting this site which I got during my investigation, please try to go through the site.
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 we cannot release it 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 a plane crash leaving no body with the knowledge of this fund behind for the claim.
It is therefore upon this discovery that I and two other officials in this department now decided to make 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 since no body is coming for it and we don't want this money to go back into Government treasury as unclaimed bill.
The board of directors of this bank and the Government of Togo will confiscate this account and thereby declare the fund a lost money without claim by the middle of this year 2011,citing non operational of the dormant account since death of Engineer Daniel Victoria.
I therefore seek your consent to present you here as the Next of Kin to the deceased since you are at advantage to receive this money being a foreigner.
The banking law and guidelines here stimulates that such money remained after this years the money will be transferred into banking treasury as unclaimed funds. We agreed that 35% of this money will be for you as foreign partner, while the balance will be for me and my colleagues and 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. Note this transaction is confidential and risk free. Please note that all the necessary arrangement for the smooth release of this fund to you has been finalised. We will discuss much in details when I do receive your response.
Bellow information is highly need so that I can use it to secure all the vital document that will back you up as rightful owner of this said fund.
1. Your full name and Contact address.
2. Your age and Occupation.
3. Your telephone and fax numbers
4. Your Marital status.
I await your reply forwarding mentioned informationís above for necessary action on your behalf.
Finally here is my private number call me now: (Cell Phone +228 920 708 2 - Fax +228 9159786 ) Call me for oral conversation as soon as you read this letter.
Best Regards

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