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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: "J. Jecob" <>
Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2012 06:03:34 -0700 (PDT)

Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire

Dear Friend,

I am Mr.Johnson Jacob, the Operations Department Manager of my bank, married with Two children. I got your contact address in Internet while browsing after I decided to contact you and ask for your assistance in this urgent matter, requiring trust and confidentiality, I am writing this letter to ask for your support and co-operation to carry out this business opportunity in my department. On June 6, 1999, an American Oil consultant/contractor with Petroleum Corporation, Mr. Hussein Ismail, made a numbered time (fixed) deposit for twelve calendar months, Valued at US$10,000,000.00 (Ten Million US Dollars) in my branch upon maturity. I sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but got no reply. After a month, we sent a reminder and finally we discovered from his contract employers, the Petroleum Corporation that Mr. Hussein Ismail, died in the plane crash On October 31, 1999, (an Egyptian Boeing 767 Flight 990) with other passengers on board as
you can confirm it yourself via the website below

Most astonishing of my discovery was that, all records bear no next of kin, meaning no member of Hussein Ismail family knows about the deposit therefore, no member of his family will ever come forward to claim the money, in order for the bank not to transfer the said sum of Ten Million US Dollars ($10,000,000.00) as unclaimed funds to the treasury account, the above stated funds most be claimed immediately by somebody standing in as late Mr. Hussein Ismail, Next of Kin or beneficiary, because according to the FINANCIAL LAWS, at the expiration of (Ten) years; the money will be reverted to the ownership of the Government treasury account if nobody applies to claim the fund.

This revelation is only known to me because I was his personal account officer before I was posted to my present office, now I seek your collaboration to act as next of kin/beneficiary to late Mr. Hussein Ismail to claim the funds and move them into useful investments, we shall split the cash between our self upon the confirmation of the money into your account, I am ready to offer you 35% of the total fund and 60% for me while 5% will be set aside for any expenses might occur during the transaction, Please note that by the virtue of my position in the bank, I have worked out the perfect modality as well as I shall provide the relevant information’s and documents for the successful claim and transfer of the funds in the account that will be provided by you, I can not stand at the forefront of this transaction because I work with the bank, that is why I have come to you for assistance, be rest assured that this project involves no risk to you, upon the
receipt of your acceptance mail, I will like you to provide me
with the following details below to my

1) Your Country of Origin:
2) Telephone Number :
3) Contact Address:
4) Occupation:
5) Full Name
6) Age

Then I shall furnish you with due process of concluding this transaction without any delay.
Mr.Johnson Jacob

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