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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:

Date: Wed, 31 Aug 2016 13:12:03 +0100
Subject: I want you to be my Next of Kin


How are you today, Hope fine? I once wrote you sometime weeks back
without getting reply from you.I hope this will get to you and be
replied immediately.

My name is Jurgen Sterk a Swedish Citizen. I have been diagnosed
with Esophageal cancer. It has defiled all forms of medical
treatment, and right now I have only about a few months to live,
according to medical experts. I have not particularly lived my life
so well, as I never really cared for anyone (not even myself) but my
business. Though I am very rich, I was never generous, I was always
hostile to people and only focused on my business as that was the
only thing I cared for. But now I regret all this as I now know that
there is more to life than just wanting to have or make all the
money in the world. I believe when God gives me a second chance to
come to this world I would live my life a different way from how I
have lived it. Now that God has called me, I have willed and given
most of my property and assets to my immediate and extended family
members as well as a few close friends. I want God to be merciful to
me and accept my soul so, I have decided to give alms to charity
organizations, as I want this to be one of the last good deeds I do
on earth. So far, I have Distributed money to some charity
organizations in the U.A.E, Somalia and Malaysia. Now that my health
has deteriorated so badly, I cannot do this myself anymore. I once
asked members of my family to close one of my accounts and
distribute the money which I have there to charity organization in
Sweden and Pakistan, they refused and kept the money to
themselves. Hence, I do not trust them anymore, as they seem not to
be contended with what I have left for them. The last of my money
which no one knows of is the huge cash deposit of Eighteen
Million dollars($18,000,000,00) that I have with a Bank.
I will want you to help me collect this deposit and
dispatch it to charity organizations.
Kindly note that 20% of this funds must go to the tsunami
victims,10% should go to the victims of Katrina hurricane in the
United States of America and another 15% for your effort. Then the
55% will go to other charity organization around the world.
Please note that all correspondence as regards this project should
be directed to my private mail box.

Upon acceptance of my request, you are to send me your followings for me to know you in details :

Full Name

Telephone Number


await your prompt response.

Kindly Reply to :


Jurgen Sterk

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