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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: "pato231@skymail.mn" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <pato231@skymail.mn>
Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2012 06:59:48 +0100
Subject: Reply ASAP.

It would interest me if you would be my friend for us to establish a lasting friendship and
partnership here in the near future, I am the CEO. of the First Bank Nigeria Plc and a
personal relationship manager for more than 2 years to one of the hardly embattled
prominent Arab leader's son here in Lagos, afterward in his hiding place before he was
later apprehended by the government I wrote to his contact email twice for usual routine
customer's update but surprisingly got a shocking answer from him denying the ownership of
the said account and the money therein and further deny knowing or having any relation with
my bank in Lagos and I tried to know what's wrong here and he completely deny ever banking
with us at any moment in his life. Therefore, after having some few words with my wife
today, I have  decided to do something urgently and shift the money in this account away
from the bank before someone else does and made away with this large sum of money because
each time I opened this account I really have this feeling that someone might someday
discover and reroute this money then properly shut this account without traces of the
money, please I want to open up a door of friendship and opportunity between us, but it all
depends on the answer I got from you stating your willingness to participate for us to
actualize this deal for our mutual benefit because most friends/brothers in foreign
countries believe that any deal from Nigeria would be a fraud without knowing there are
real deal making here everyday.
 
Please my good friend if you are agreed to move ahead with me in this deal,  I want you to
keep all our communication and particulars concerning this money to the top secret, that's
one of the reasons we should be talking with my private email or phone number only because
I am not 100% assured that this won't be leaked to the new Libyan authorities (The National
Transitional Council) or to the third party, although the person I am talking about here is
the influential son of slain ruler Muammar Gaddafi and his heir apparent, I found out that
he abandoned this money for this reason as he has been on the run since war erupted against
his father's 42 years of eccentric regime which ended last year, this money I am talking
about here belongs to Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, and he has been making use of this account in
this bank since Jul. 2008 for his investment purposes with a supposed prominent oil company
in the oil rich Niger Delta here in Nigeria which I presume counted as one of his
$5,000,000,000.00 billion dollars scattered and unaccounted for in many Arab, African and
Asian banks in the world, he was using the said money in this bank as well as other banks
in Arab, Africa and Asian continents for his fragile charity and poverty alleviation
program [the Gaddafi International Foundation for Charity Associations, which has
intervened in various hostage taken situations involving Islamic militants and the crisis
of the HIV trial in the Sub-Sahara Africa, mostly in the Northern part of Nigeria, Chad,
Niger and Sudan] for his self-styled political campaign of succeeding his father, and this
account is often loaded money directly from the Libyan central bank during the time of his
father, and in some occasions he wired money through private banks in Libya, he has been
operating this account even before I was appointed the CEO. in 2010 through which I became
his personal relationship manager as he is one of the top customers in this bank.
 
Moreover, this is not something to be afraid of, I am an experienced banker, and I will
workout everything legally one after the other supposing you give me your full support and
willingness and ready to see through the end of this deal, please don't worry how I will do
this arrangement just give me your 100% backing, support, commitment, willingness and
promise me that you will be with me till the end of this deal, and I will change and update
all informationís of this account to another person (either you if you would agree to have
the account status bear your name) so that we would have this money therein transferred
easily into your accounts, however I am mostly willing to facilitate and work together with
you to enable me have this money transferred into your nominated personal or company
accounts so that I will send my wife to meet you over for sharing it, then for my own
percentage invested into a worthwhile franchises as I am willing to give up my job in this
bank after we successfully transferred this money and shared it accordingly, please take
note, as soon as we successfully transferred this money in your accounts, the sharing form
would be as follows: 55% of the money would be transferred to my account as would be
directed by my wife once she meet you over there and setup the account, while you would
retain 45% for your own share of the money as we jointly participated in the execution of
this deal, please letís not be greedy to ourselves.
 
Thanks.

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