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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.Bruce Bostick" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 24 May 2012 11:11:30 -0700
Subject: BG Urgent Reply !!!

We specialize in working with dynamic companies/individuals in need of capital. Our function is one of introduction. Via a network of contacts developed over 15 years in the investment business, we provide introductions to investors with an interest in supporting high potential projects and businesses.

Our investors are active in a wide range of businesses, and have the flexibility to work with you in developing bespoke financing solutions that are tailored to meet your individual needs. Options can range from straightforward loan contracts to structured options involving letters of credit, bank guarantees, MTN, or other instruments.

We are direct to providers of Fresh Cut BG, SBLC and MTN. Our bank instrument can be engaged in PPP Trading, Discounting, signature project(s) such as Aviation, Agriculture, Petroleum, Energy, Telecommunication, construction of Dams, Bridges, Real Estate and all kinds of projects. We do not have any broker chain in our offer.
We deliver with time and precision as Seth forth in the agreement. Our terms and Conditions are reasonable, below is our instrument description.

The procedure is very simple; the instrument will be reserved on Euro clear to be verified by your bank, after verification, Payment is effected in favor of the provider..
1. Instrument: Bank Guarantee (BG/SBLC/MTN)
2. Total Face Value: Eur 5M MIN and Eur 20B MAX (Twenty Billion USD).
3. Issuing Bank: Top 25 Prime Banks.
4. Age: One Year, One Month
5. Price: 10% of Face Value plus 2% commission fees to brokers.
6. Delivery: Instrument is to be delivered to the Beneficiary for verification
via Euroclear Screen. Verification must be through client's bankers.
7. Instrument is issued on the client's company or personal names as per the copy of the color scan international passport or full company documents.
8. Instrument is to be delivered within 8 banking days.
Pls Note; We can facilitate a Lease BG. Price is 6% of face value plus 2% commission fees to brokers.

Reply urgently,
Bruce Bostick

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