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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: "MR.MARK MURRAY" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 1 Jul 2012 04:38:18 -0500

Greetings in good Faith,

I know you will be surprised to read my email. I got your contact from your Email domain, apart from being surprised you may be skeptical to reply me due to what is happening on the internet world today. I know it is very difficult for people to believe anything that comes through the internet but this is a different case. Your attention to this message will be of grate benefits to both of us. I NEED YOUR CO-OPERATIONS.I am Mark B.L Murray, Director Allocation department of SKY BANK NIGERIA PLC. My office monitors and controls the affairs of all banks and financial institutions and contact payment to government contractors in Nigeria concerned with foreign claim payments. I am the final signatory to any transfer or remittance of huge funds moving within banks both on the local and international levels in line with foreign claim settlement.

I have before me list of funds which could not be transferred to some nominated accounts as these accounts have been identified both as ghost accounts unclaimed deposits and over-invoiced sum etc or the government contractors are dead. I took my time to investigate on an account and found out that the contractor actually died in the Ikeja Nigeria Bomb-Blast in 2002, this goes to tell you how long I have been investigating on this matter.


0n this note I wish to have a deal with you as regards to an unpaid fund. I have a file before me and the data's are correct and un-tampered. As it is my duty to recommend the transfer of these surplus funds to the Federal Government Treasury and Reserve accounts as unclaimed deposits.

I have the opportunity to write you based on the instructions I received two days ago from the Foreign Debts reconciliation department to submit the list of payment reports expenditures and audited reports of revenues. Among several others I have decided to remit your claim sum following my idea that we can have a deal/agreement and I am going to do this legally.

My condition is to present you as the sole partner of the deceased Contractor.

1. The sum of {$45.7 million dollars} only will be transfer into your account after the processing of all relevant legal documents with your name as the sole beneficiary. The transfer will be made by Draft or telegraphic Transfer T/T Conformable in 3working days.

2. This deal must be kept secret forever and all correspondence will be strictly by email / telephone for security purposes.

3. There should be no third parties as most involved.

If you AGREE with my conditions l advise you to send the following:

A: Your Full name and address
B: Your direct telephone number
C: Sex
D: Occupation.
E. Country

And the transfer will commence without delay as I will proceed to fix your name on the Payment schedule instantly to meet the three days mandate.

I hope you don't reject this offer and have this fund transferred. Waiting for your reply soon.

Mr. Mark B.L Murray
Kindly REPLY TO MY Email:
Telephone Number: +234-7067326960

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