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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: "Vijay Prakash" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 4 Jun 2016 21:32:48 +0530

Hello Friend,

Compliment of the day, sorry to intrude your privacy, i got your contact information from a reputable business/professional directory of your country which gives me assurance of your legibility as a person. I do have a proposal for you but i really don't know if you will be interested in my offer, but before i proceed further i can assure you that it's 100% risk
free but required 100% confidentiality in good faith in other to avoid complications.

My proposal to you is that as the Executive Director and Head of Personal Banking, Nationwide Bank Of London, i am in charge in auditing and i have discovered that there are some of our client who don't have next of kin and most especially there is this one client who is late and ever since he dead no one has come to file in claims against his funds and his account has been
dormant for over 13 years now. This very client is an India national but he was based here in the UK his name is Ajit Kumar Sahu but he is late now.

So am sending you this brief letter to solicit your partnership to assist in transferring the the sum of (12,900,000.00 Great British Pounds Sterling) from our bank here in London to your country. I shall furnish you with all the required documentation and details regarding this if you are willing to solicit with me so that we can get the funds transferred as soon as
possible. I can only provide you with further information when I get a positive respond from you and you really need to prove it to me that you can handle this without any complications.

So if you are interested just let me know because all i need from you is for you to act as the next of kin to our late customer. I will prepare all the legal documents in your name by the help of an attorney proving that you are the sole beneficiary of the funds and i will send you the documents to enable you contact my bank if you are ready. I am also proposing that after
a successful execution of the business deal, the funds will be shared in the ratio 40/60. Please do bear this in mind that you are not sending any money to me i will be the one to take care of all expenses from my end.

If you are interested please ensure that you send your positive respond only to my private email id via: ( Waiting for your positive respond.

Vijay Prakash.

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