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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: "Mrs. Fredericka Held-Harrison" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2012 01:55:29 +0100
Subject: Request for Co-operation on a Private Business Relationship

FROM: Mrs. Fredericka Held-Harrison July 23rd 2012
Fax: +34917692762
Reply to E-mail:

Dear Friend,
Request for Co-operation on a Private Business Relationship

I am Mrs. Fredericka Held-Harrison a Switzerland British, married to Mr. Justin Benito-Harrison a Spanish British for seventeen years now with three kids. I am the manager foreign remittance department of [B.S. BANK] here in Barcelona-Spain and My Husband is an expatriate engineer in Spain. Before I proceed, I must first apologize for this spontaneous mail to you. I am aware that this is certainly not a conservative way of approach to establish a relationship of trust, but you will realize the need for my action. First, I must solicit your confidence in this proposal; this is by the nature of it as being utterly confidential or top secret. I have a business proposal which I believe that will be a very Good opportunity for both of us, so I decided to contact you on this business opportunity in our Bank.

The business is this, we discovered an abandoned sum of ( 9.5 Million Euros ) Nine Million Five Hundred Thousand Euros, in our safety deposit vault that belongs to one of our foreign customer who share the same last name with you, a real estate moguls here in Spain, who died as a result of a heart-related condition on March 12TH 2006, his heart condition was due to the death of all members of his family during the Hurricane Katrina catastrophe, which occurred on - August 29TH, 2005, during there August holiday. Since we got the sad news about his death, the Bank have been expecting his next of kin to come over and claim his money because the management can not release the money unless somebody applies for it as next of kin to our deceased customer as indicated in our banking guidelines. This fund has lasted more than expected period here in our Bank security vault, the next of kin to the account have from now to the end of September 2012 to apply for the repatriation of the fund, or the fund will be declared

So; since you share the same last name with our deceased customer, you can easily make this deal with us, we have the entire secret information’s of this deposit that will help you to claim this money as the next of kin to our deceased customer, we are asking for your consent to apply to the Bank as the next of kin to the account, we have worked out all modalities and the entire legal requirement to back up your claim as the next of kin to our deceased customer, all we require is your honest cooperation to enable us achieve this goal. Though I know that a transaction of this magnitude will make any one apprehensive and worried. But I am assuring you that; knowing what we know in the financial sectors today, with my position and years of experience in this Bank, we are convinced that the intended transaction is 100% risk free, that you should not entertain any atom of fear, as we have carried out series of investigation about this money, and we find out that nobody come for it or knows about the fund since 20

It is upon this discovery that I decided to contact you on this business opportunity in our Bank, I wish to point out that we want 10% of this money to be shared among charity Organizations, 30% of the money will be for you as a foreign partner, in respect to your acceptance to do this business with us, while 60% would be for me and some other top Bank officials that are involved. To enable the immediate transfer of this fund to you as the next of kin to the account as arranged. You will first apply to the Bank as the next of kin to the account, indicating your interest to claim your inherited funds, and we will work as insider to approve the application and the money in your favour as next of kin to the account.

Upon your response, I shall then provide you with more details about the transaction also you should understand that this should be kept very confidential let it be between you, me and all of us inside the Bank here. However, if this business proposal offends your moral ethics, do accept my sincere apology, or if on the contrary you wish to achieve this goal with me, kindly get back to me with your interest for further details.


Yours faithfully

Mrs. Fredericka Held-Harrison
28045 Barcelona Spain

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