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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.Gabrie Justice <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 7 Apr 2016 13:48:44 -0700
Subject: With Due Respect

With Due Respect, My sincere greetings to you. First and foremost, I would =
like to apologize for my intrusion into your privacy by using this medium t=
o contact you for negotiation of my proposition with you to secure and actu=
alize this proposal for our mutual benefit and i wish to solicit your assis=
tance in proposing an urgent transaction requiring maximum confidence. I di=
scovered in my department an abandoned sum of $15 million in an account tha=
t belongs to one of our foreign customer who died along with his entire fam=
ily in Tsunami disaster some years ago.Since we got information about his d=
eath,we have been expecting his next of kin to come over and claim his mone=
y because we can not release it unless somebody apply for it as next of kin=
or relation to the deceased as indicated in our banking guidelines,but unf=
ortunately i learnt that all his supposed next of kin or relation died alon=
g side with him at the Tsunami disaster some years ago leaving nobody behin=
d for the claim.It is therefore upon this discovery that i now decided to m=
ake this business proposal to you and release the money to you as the next =
of kin or business associate to the deceased for safety and subsequent disb=
ursement since nobody is coming for it and i don=92t want this money to go =
into the bank treasury as unclaimed bill. The banking law and guideline her=
e stipulates that if such money remained unclaimed after thirteen years,the=
money will be transferred into the bank treasury as unclaimed fund.The req=
uest of foreigner as next of kin in this business is occasioned by the fact=
that the customer was a foreigner, and a Benin can not stand as next of ki=
n to a foreigner.I agree that 40% of this money will be for you as foreign =
partner,in respect to the fact that will be my foreign partner and provisio=
n of account and 60% would be for me.There after i will visit your country =
for disbursement according to the percentages indicated. Therefore to enabl=
e the immediate transfer of this fund to you as arranged,you must apply fir=
st to the bank as a business associate or next of kin of the deceased indic=
ating your bank name,your bank account number,your private telephone and fa=
x number for easy and effective communication and location where the money =
will be remitted.Upon receipt of your reply,i will send to you by fax or em=
ail the text of the application, I will not fail to bring to your notice th=
at this transaction is hitch free and that you should not entertain any ato=
m of fear as all required arrangements have been made for the transfer. I a=
m awaiting for your immediate response as you receive this mail.Extend my s=
incere greetings to your entire family and bye for now. Your=92s faithfully=
, Riil Gretsky. (FILL THIS FORM BELOW AND RESEND IT TO ME). 1) Your Full Na=
me. 2) Your Age. 3) Marital Status.. 4) Your Cell Phone Number. 5) Your Fax=
Number. 6) Your Country. 7) Your Occupation. 8) Sex. 9) Your Religion. 10)=
Your Private E-mail Address. I will advice you to keep every thing about t=
his transaction secret as to enable the transfer to move very smoothly into=
the account you will prove to the bank.=20

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