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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: "Christopher Wilmot" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 4 Dec 2015 15:10:12 -0500
Subject: kindly respond back to me

Hello My Friend
I am Christopher Wilmot,Group Head of Treasury & Global Markets First Gulf Bank in United Arab Emirates .I write you this proposal in good faith hoping that I will rely on you in a business transaction that require absolute confidentiality and of great interest and benefit to our both families.
In 2007 one Mr. Wilfred, an Emirate Citizen who has the same surname as yours and has your country in his file as his place of origin, made a fixed deposit valued at $26,700,000.00 with my bank. I was his account officer before I rose to the position of Managing Director. The maturity date for this deposit contract was 27th of September 2014.Sadly Mr. Wilfred was among the death victims in the September 2009 earthquake in Indonesia that left over 1,200 people dead while he was there on business trip.
Since the last quarter of 2010 until today, the management of my bank has been finding means to reach him so as to ascertain if he will roll over the Deposit or have the contract sum withdrawn. When I discovered that this will happen, I have tried to come up a procedure to preserve this fund and use the proceeds for business.
Some directors here have been trying to find out from me the information about this account and the owner, but I have kept it confidential because I know that if they become aware that Mr. Wilfred is late, they will corner the funds for themselves. Therefore, am seeking your co-operation to present you as the one to benefit from his fund since you have the same surname, my bank headquarters will pay the funds to you as his next of kin. I have done enough inside bank arrangement and i only have to put in your details into the information network in our bank database and your name will be reflect you as his next of kin.
If you concur with this proposal, I intend for you to retain 45% of the funds while 45% shall be for me. Then the 10% left will be giving to the less privilege and the motherless home. Kindly forward your response to me by email:
Group Head of Treasury & Global Markets at First Gulf Bank.

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