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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.Morris Lorenzo" <>
Reply-To: "Mr.Morris Lorenzo" <>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 12:52:44 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Attn.:

 From Mr.Morris Lorenzo,"Auditor".
112, Glass House 11Th floor Behind
The Nigerian Stock Exchange House
2-4 Customs Street Marina
Lagos, Nigeria.

Very Urgent and Confidential !.

Attn: Sir/Madam,

I am Mr.Morris Lorenzo  Auditor at,  G-Finance security company of Nigeria pl c, Lagos Branch. I am compelled to reach you for this urgent transaction due to its confidentiality and prompt access reposed.  I decided to seek confidential co-operation with you in the execution of the deal described hereunder for the benefit of all parties and hope you will treat as urgent and confidential  because of the nature of this transaction.

On Dec.19, 1999, A National of your country  an Oil consultant/contractor with the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, Mr.Alexandros Luca made a numbered timed(Fixed) Deposit for twelve calendar months, valued at US$25,000,000.00 (Twenty Five Million Dollars)in my branch. Upon maturity, a routine notification was send to his forwarding address but got no reply.

After a month, we sent a reminder and finally got a news from his contract employers, that Mr.Alexandros Luca died from an fatal automobile accident with his family, wife and only daughter. On further investigation, I found out that he died without making a Will, and all attempts to trace his next of kin was futile.

I therefore made further investigation and discovered that Mr.Alexandros Luca did not declare any kin or relations in his official documents, including his Deposit paperwork in my Branch. This sum of US$25,000,000.00 is still sitting in my Branch and the interest is being rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each year. If  no one  come's forward to claim it.    According to Nigerian Law, at the expiration of 15 (Fifteen) years, the money will confiscate and revert to the Government treasury if nobody comes forward apply to claim the fund,  the fund confiscation will take place any moment now.

Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you as an Foreigner and  follow National of Liechtenstein to stand in as the next of kin to Mr.Alexandros Luca so that the fruits of this old man's labor will not get into the hands of some corrupt government officials. This is simple, i will present you as the Beneficial  inheritor of the fund,  to do this I will like you to provide immediately your full names.......... and address.......... tell no:.......... so that the Attorney will prepare the necessary documents and affidavits which will put you in place as the next of kin.

We shall employ the services of two Attorneys for drafting and notarization of the WILL and to obtain the necessary documents and letter of probate/administration in your favor for the transfer. A bank account either newly created or existing in any part of the world which you will provide, will then facilitate the transfer of this money to you as the beneficiary/next of kin.

The money will be paid into your account for us to share in the ratio of 50% for me and 40% for you. Then 10% will be used to offset any expenses incurred during the entire processing. Please your percentage is not negotiable. It is considerate enough. There is no risk at all as the paperwork for this Transaction will be done by the Attorney, and my position as the Branch Chief Auditor guarantees the successful execution of this Transaction.

If you are interested, please reply immediately;

Upon your response, I shall then provide You with more details and relevant documents that will help you Understand the transaction. Please observe utmost confidentiality, and rest assured that This transaction would be most profitable for both of us because I shall require your assistance to invest my share in your Country. Awaiting your urgent reply

However, respond as soon as possible..

Morris Lorenzo.

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