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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: "John Mcfarland" <>
Date: Sat, 30 Jun 2012 20:34:04 +0800 (PHT)
Subject: Business Deal


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 and business partners. I am
Mr. John Mcfarland, currently Head of Corporate affairs with a reputable
bank here in my country.

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 November 6, 2002, a
French Foreign Oil consultant/contractor with the CHEVRONPETROLEUM
CORPORATION, Mr. Daniel Jean Moser made a (Fixed deposit) for 36 calendar
months, valued at US$5,600,000.00 (Five Million Six hundred Thousand
Dollars only) in my bank and I happen to be his account officer before I
was moved to my present position recently. Upon maturity in 2005, as his
account officer, it is my duty to notify him on the maturity date so I
sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but the letter was
returned undelivered.

After sometime, I tried sending back the letter, but it was again returned
and finally I discovered from his contract employers, Chevron Petroleum
Corporation that Mr. Daniel Jean Moser died as a result ghastly car
accident during one of his trips to his country France. On further
investigation, I discovered that Mr. Daniel Jean Moser's family wife and
only daughter died during the accident and was the reason why he did not
declare any next of kin or relation in all his official
documents,including his Bank Deposit paperwork in my Bank and did not
leave any WILL. This sum of US$5,600,000.00 have been floating and placed
under dormant/unserviceable account by my bank management since no one
have heard from the owner since 2005. I wish to let you know that all the
investigation I have made so far, my bank management is not aware of it, I
am the only one that have the information.

With the recent change of government/law in my country and with their
efforts to support the United Nations in checkmating terrorism aid,
government will pass a new financial control law which will give the
government authority to interrogate account owners of above $5,000,000.00
to explain the source of the funds, making sure it is not for terrorism
support. If I do not move this money out of the country immediately, by
end of the year the government will definitely confiscate the money,
because my bank cannot provide the account owner to explain the source of
the money.

I cannot directly transfer out this money without the help of a foreigner
and that is why I am contacting you for assistance. As the Account Officer
to late Mr. Daniel Jean Moser, coupled with my present position and status
in the bank as Head ofRetail Banking Group, I have the power to influence
the release of the funds to any foreigner that comes up as the next of kin
to the account, with the correct information concerning the account, which
I shall give you. All documents to enable you claim this fund will be
carefully worked out and there is practically no risk involved, the
transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will
protect you from any breach of law, beside my country is porous and
anything goes.

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. If
you are interested, contact me as soon as you receive this message so we
can go over the details.

Thanking you in advance and May God blesses you.

Please, treat with utmost confidentiality. I shall send you copy of the
deposit certificate issued of Mr. Daniel Jean Moser when the deposit was
made for your perusal. I wait your urgent response.

John Mcfarland

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