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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!

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Fraud email example:

From: "Mr, Frank Lewis" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 17 Jun 2015 21:45:19 -0500
Subject: Re: Can you handle this contract


Thanks for your interest in my proposal. My initial proposal to you was to brief you on the need to assist me so that we take advantage of the death of my former customer in the bank .One late Mr. Omar B. a citizen of your country who happen to had a fixed deposit with my bank in 2006 for 36 calendar months, valued at (Eighteen Million, Four Hundred Thousand US Dollars) the due date for this deposit contract was 16th of January 2009. Unfortunately, while on a business trip ,he died in a deadly earthquake that occurred on May 12, 2008 in Sichuan province of China and killed at least 68,000 people.

Since the last quarter of 2009 until today, the management of World Bank office UK have been finding a means to reach him so as ascertain if he will want to roll over the Deposit or have the contract sum withdraw. Since September 2009, when I discovered that this will happen, I lent of his death, so I have tried to think up a procedure to preserve this fund and use the proceed for charity.

As the Accounts Officer to him, I have to take advantage of the situation to get the deposit he has with our bank instead of the bank heads to confiscate it for their selfish use. They are already rich because they get this type of business often and on . Mr. Omar does not have a next of kin in his file. He was also not married and there is no trace of any relative . The only way to get the fund is to find someone who has the same surname or configure the person to be attached to the account for easy transfer and then put it into the file of Omar at the bank .It was while I was searching for one that I came across you. I do not have any alternative than to trust you with this money with the faith that you will be made to receive the money in your account after the processing assisted by an attorney I will give you - and then you will keep my fair share for me.

However, I am freely giving you full details of this transaction now bearing in mind that you will not betray me. The name of the bank I work is World Bank UK office and presently I am the Deputy General Auditor in the auditing department of the World Bank here UK office

This transaction requires utmost trust and dedication from your side, since you will be receiving the funds as the Next of Kin/ Heir to Omar and shall be in control of the money, until I come over for my share. I am under the believe that my sharing ratio is accepted to you, 50/50% is a fair deal.

I want you to bear one thing in mind, there is no risk involved in this transaction. It is 100% risk free and secured once you follow my instructions and keep everything secret between us. What I have to do is just to palm your information in my bank system as the Next of Kin/Heir to late Omar, and you will apply for the claim through a lawyer here in UK, You do not have to come down here for the claim; the lawyer will represent you and handle all the documentation involved. Being a staff in my bank, the secret of the bank system is under my palm, placing your details in the system as the Next of Kin/ Heir to late Omar is an easy work for me. There is no risk involved; the transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect both of us from any breach of law .

I am going to introduce you to a good lawyer here in UK who you shall contact and request for his legal services to represent you for the claim. Once this is done, the lawyer will do all the work and documentation required for the release of the funds to you as the rightful Next of Kin/ Heir to late Omar. I will present you as a relation and the only proof the bank will need is your identification, where your names are written. This is a very smooth operation, with me in the bank it will not last more than 2 weeks and the funds will be released to you. The information I require to commence the process is as follows;


Once I receive the above mentioned information and concludes with my inside arrangements and changes, I shall send you the contact details of a Lawyer you shall contact for the representation. The lawyer in question is good and specializes in such cases. He is also a registered attorney with the Central World Bank of UK office , which is the bank that will handle the transfer of the funds out of the country to your bank account. As far as my bank is concern, I will be in control. It has been my dream to have my own company and I believe that God has answered my prayers by creating this opportunity. Please, remember to treat this transaction with utmost confidentiality for our own good.

I await your urgent response.


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