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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: "Engr. James Brown." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 24 Dec 2014 04:21:04 -0500
Subject: Urgent Consideration.

Engr. James Brown.
Falkland Oil and Gas,
32 - 34 Wigmore Street
W1U 2RR, London, UK.
Partnership Proposal
First, I must solicit your trust and strictest confidence in this transaction; this is by nature of the top-secret information I am about to divulge to you. I got your contact on my search on the internet for a citizen of your country.
I am the Director of Engineering & Project of Falkland Oil and Gas here in the United Kingdom I am seeking your assistance to enable me transfer the sum of 15,500,000.00 (Fifteen Million Five Hundred Thousand Great British Pounds) into your private company account for our mutual benefits. This money came about as a result of a contract for the supply crude Oil equipment awarded to a German in the year 2000 by this company.
I have just assumed this position few months ago and just few days ago, I received an official email from a bank here in the United Kingdom on the arrangements to declare the above stated sum as unclaimed on the fact that this very amount 15,500,000.00 (Fifteen Million Five Hundred Thousand Great British Pounds) has been in the bank account for over thirteen (13) Years on getting this information I have checked the data base of this company and discovered that this amount value of 15,500,000.00 (Fifteen Million Five Hundred Thousand Great British Pounds), originated as payment due to this German in the year 2000 for the contract he executed with this company and the payment was made into his company bank account, ever since the payment was made and he was involved in a plane crash this you can read more on this link:
the bank has expected the relative or business associate of this German to put in claims on this fund but this has not been and this the reason I have contacted you so that we can work together to enable me guide you confidently on the legal steps involved on the claim of this fund in your favor and immediate transfer into your nominated bank account as the presented business associate pending my visit there in your country for sharing and utilization between you and me as partners.
All logistics are in place and all modalities worked out for the smooth actualization of the transaction within fourteen working days of commencement after receipt of the following information : -
Your Name in full.
Your contact Address in full.
Your Mobile/cell phone number
your nature of work, age and marital status
Please bear in mind that when this fund is remitted into your account, the fund shall be shared in the below ratio:-
55% to be released to me on my arrival in your country.
45% to be retained by you.
5% is for reimbursement of all expenses incurred by both parties in the course of the transaction. Your consideration is highly awaited.
Engr. James Brown.

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