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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 11:19:55 +0200
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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