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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: Paul Marrow <>
Date: Thu, 08 Aug 2013 00:14:42 +0200

Hello Dear,

How are you doing, I am sorry for barging into your privacy. I am writing this email, hoping that you will read and understand it with an open mind, let me introduce myself properly, my name is Mr. Paul Marrow, I'm the General Manager of a front line bank here in London, I am 57 years and happily married to Mrs. Julian Marrow, we are blessed with two boys and one girl.

I have been searching for someone whom I can trust , so that we can pull this very important deal through. There is an abandoned sum of 15 million pounds (15MGBP) belonging to one of our foreign customers Karl Giermann , a German citizen . He was dealing in Gold and real estate business while he lived. The customer died in 2006 in a ghastly auto crash and our bank has been waiting for any of the relatives to come up to claim the money, but non has come till this moment. The practice here is that if an account is abandoned and there is no claim put forward , the bank converts it to their personal use as the account will be declared unserviceable.

The main reason I contacted you and asked for your assistance in this transaction is the fact that the bank has no justification to inherit the funds, as an insider in the bank I have all the information that we may need to apply for the transfer, without facing any risk, if we do not claim the funds the bank will confiscate the funds and make themselves richer, while there are millions of people out there who are unemployed and seeking for employment, I firmly believe that we can open up a company through the proceeds of this transaction and create more job opportunities to better the lives of others as well as ours. I am certain the bank will oblige and release the money to you and I will be assisting in the background.

All I need from you is your honest cooperation and assistance for us to make this deal successful, because I can not do it alone, I want to officially introduce you to the bank as next of kin / beneficiary to the deceased's estate, I have all the documents that the bank may require from you to prove that you are the next of kin / beneficiary, with your full information such as name and civil address, phone and fax numbers. I have to upload the information here on our bank`s database, so that nothing will stop the bank from transferring the funds into your account as long as you're willing to follow my instructions, I am here as an insider I know what it takes to perform this operation.

Do not entertain any fears, this transaction is 100% risk free, all I need do is to ask my lawyer to go to court here in London to legalize all documents in my posession in your name just to protect you from any breech of the law.

My interest in this deal, is that I intend to invest part of my share in your country, so I'll be with you as soon as the funds are transferred to your account in order to have my share, as I suggest the sharing formula to be 50% for me while 45% goes to you,and 5% will be set aside for any expenses made as we progress, I hope everything is ok by you?

Please, I would like to know what business you think we can invest into in your country, as I intend to make you my managing partner until such a time that I will retire from my profession of banking and go into full time private business, which will be in about three years time, remember that your help is seriously needed here, as you know, the economic policy of your country better than I.

As you know this to be a partnership, I will need us to have a signed and sealed agreement, so I need the requested information to draft our agreement as well as do the paper work involved. The information I need are as follows.

Your complete residential address

A scanned copy of your international passport

Your direct/ mobile phone number (s)

Your Full Names

Please respond now, so I can send you a draft agreement guiding our partnership so that you can review it and get back to me for us to proceed.

This transaction will be completed in the next few days as soon as you start by responding immediately.

I will wait for your quick response and I am 100% ready to give you more detailed information, therefore feel very free to ask questions if there is anything you do not understand. I will send you a scanned copy of my international passport for your records as soon as I get your reply , Finally, you must keep this transaction confidential between you and I and if you think you have a more secured email address which only you can access, let me have it.

Thanking you in advance for your good understanding and assistance.


Paul Marrow

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