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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: "Mr. David Parker" <>
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 09:10:27 +0100
Subject: From Mr. David Parker

>From Mr. David Parker
Mobile: + 44 7031 997 046

Compliments of the day, I am contacting you for a mutual beneficial
business with believe you will not betray me at the end. I am Mr. David
Parker; Director Portfolio Investment, UBS Investment Bank plc, here in
England. During the recent auditing of bank accounts and services of
our bank; I discovered a non-resident bank account which have not been
operated for a long time. After a discrete inquiry, I found out that
the owner of this account was an American Mr. Harry Newton, a
multimillionaire business Mogul who died as Hurricane Katrina washed
away his home completely in August 2005. Until now, nobody knows about
his bank account with UBS Investment Bank and my further investigation
proved that the deceased immediate family also died in the tragedy.
This account holds GBP?17.1 Million (Seventeen Million one Hundred
Thousand British Pounds Sterling) only.

I contact you as a foreigner; in order to arrange with you the
transfer of this money out from the account, before our next auditing
of bank accounts. If the bank management find out that this account has
been latent for these long, it will be frozen and the money will be
returned to the bank treasury, as unclaimed public funds. Therefore I
want you to stand as the "Foreign Beneficiary". I need your full
co-operation to make this transaction work out perfectly because the
bank management is ready to approve the immediate payment to whoever
that would be presented as beneficiary to this money. A perfect
transfer strategy would be put in place in your name legally, so that
nobody will suspect your claims.

With my positions and influence here; this money would be re-profiled
to your favor and transferred to any overseas bank account/s you will
nominate, but with an assurance from you that this money will remain
safe in your custody pending my arrival to join you for securing my
share. For your involvement in this deal, you will receive 40% of the
total amount. Kindly consider this offer immediately and send me your
information as follows;

your full name,
your contact address,
your direct mobile phone Number
your date of Birth,

to start re-profiling of the fund to your name as the heir
beneficiary. Feel free to call me for further discussions and guidance
on what is expected of you. I will count on your sense of secrecy and
confidentiality, in order to avoid risky exposure, considering the
sensitivity and magnitude of this project.

I am anxiously looking forward to your urgent response, so we can
start off.

Best Regards,
Mr. David Parker
Director Portfolio Investment,

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