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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: "Mr. Manuel Jose" <>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 05:35:51 -0500
Subject: Have a wonderful day at work!

Dear Sir,
My name is Mr. Manuel Jose an audit officer in European Central Bank
(BCE)Paris France.We can be of immense benefit to each other. In my
department we discovered an abandoned sum of $6 Million (Six Million US
Dollars)in an account that belongs to one of our foreign customers,a late
Engineer from your country who worked with Shell Oil Company and
unfortunately lost his life on a TAM airlines commercial jet crash in Sao
Paulo, Tuesday, July 17, 2007 and burst into flames after skidding off a
runway across a busy highway.

All 176 people on board were feared dead in what would be Brazil’s
deadliest air disaster, and at least 15 were killed on the

I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the fund valued at
$ Millions US Dollars left behind by my client before it gets
confiscated or declared unserviceable by the European Central Bank(BCE)
Paris France where this huge amount was deposited. The said
European Central Bank (BCE) Paris France has issued me a notice to provide
the next of kin or have his account confiscated within the next twenty one
official working days.

Since I have been unsuccessfully in locating the relatives for over one
and half years now, I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin
to the deceased since you a foreigner, so that the proceeds of this
account can be paid to you. Therefore, on receipt of your
positive response, we shall then discuss the sharing ratio and modalities
for transfer. I have all necessary information and legal documents needed
to back you up for claim. All I require from you is your honest
cooperation to enable us see this through. I guarantee that this will be
executed under legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any
breach of the Law. Reply to my private email address below for more

Best regards.
Mr. Manuel Jose

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