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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: "Global Financial Company" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:35:36 +0200
Subject: Re: Can I Trust You Over This Transaction ??

Dr. Robert Brown,
Global Financial Security Company
Foreign Remittance Department
1 Churchill Place, London,
E14 5HP, United Kingdom,
Tel: +44-703-596-7932

My Dear Friend!

First, I'm soliciting your utmost confidentiality in this transaction after my two week searching for a reputable foreigner to be identify with. I am Dr. Robert Brown, Deposit Accrediting Officer of Global Financial Security Company in London England. I came to you in my private search for a reliable person to handle this confidential transaction, which involves huge sum of money to your country through British diplomatic financial delivery.

The Proposition: A foreigner an American, Late Mr. Lucas, James N., 72 an Engineer with Chevron England, from Las Vegas who died on September 8, 1998,of the horrific crash of Swissair, Flight 111, which crashed into the Pacific Ocean, while returning from a business trip, to be sincere with you he deposited with us at our security volt a consignment in form of two boxes containing Fifty Million United States Dollars, having heard of the tragic incident involving late Lucas, James N. and wife Lucas, Anna B., 74, Las Vegas the security company now expects a next of kin as beneficiary.

However, valuable efforts have been made by the financial security company's management to get in touch with any of his family members but I personally found out that he died with his wife and had no child or children that are known to us. The only name of next of kin given to us by late Lucas James unfortunately was with him in the same flight that crashed been his wife, and this is unknown to the security company's management. I'm taking this advantage in order to better my life and that of my family as well as I made you my partner over this deal to partake in sharing this fund.

I now decided to seek your permission to have you stand as next of kin to late Lucas James, so that the consignment containing the money is released to you as the next of kin. All documents and proves to enable you get this fund will be carefully worked out, by the lawyer that will be employ to work on our behalf. Moreover I am with the original copy of the deposit Certificate and other valuable document in other to send it to you, so that you can contact our head office to claim the same fund as the next of kin You can take time and verify from the website as shown herein for confirmation of the crash, 9809/swissair.victims.list/ index.html
OR aviation-forums/general_ aviation/read.main/916128/

I am assuring you that this transaction and its procedures is 100% legal and risk free involvement. Your share stays as while the rest will be for me and my co-worker . The sharing of the fund between the two of us will be as follows: 30% of the total sum will go to you for your effort and commitment to the success of this transaction. 70% will be for us here. As soon as I receive an acknowledgement of the receipt of this message in Acceptance, I will immediately start up with the process. If this proposal is acceptable by you, kindly reply me immediately you get this mail.

I want you to also furnish me with your private telephone/fax or preferably your mobile numbers. I shall guard you on how to apply for the release of the consignment in your favor as the next of kin. Finally, note that the security company officers/management does not know the contents of the consignment but as the Deposit Accrediting Officer of a Security company, I happened to have the privilege of knowing the content of the consignment.


Dr. Robert Brown,
Global Financial Security Company
Foreign Remittance Department
Tel: +44-703-596-7932

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