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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: Thu, 02 Feb 2017 19:12:15 +0700
Subject: From: Mr. Benson Anderson.

My name is Mr. Benson Anderson, I am a (LAWYER) and a private investment consultant, I live here in London, United Kingdom, I had a client from Australia many years ago who wanted to invest funds in the United Kingdom private business portfolio,he moved $50,000,000.00 (Fifty Million United States Dollars) from Australia to UK and to his account here in the United Kingdom which I assisted him to open with Citi Bank Private Banking Services.

He deposited the funds with the bank here and became sick back in his country Australia, I was waiting for him for five years to recover from his cancer sickness and come here so that I can assist him settle in like he wanted to,finally he recovered and came to UK, but unfortunately after he moved from Australia to UK he died in a car accident here in UK.

After his death I tried to trace his family members ,so that his deposit of $50,000,000.00 with the Citi Bank Private Banking Services can be returned back to his family only for me to discover that he has no family relation in Australia, I could not tell the bank that he has no family because the bank will take over the $50,000,000.00 , so I told the bank that his family members are unreachable at the time to give me time to think of what to do about the $50,000,000.00.

After carefully thinking about it this year i decided to look for someone outside UK who I will collaborate with to allow me present him to the bank as the next of kin to late Mr. Anthony Adam Zoccali and beneficiary to the $50,000,000.00 he deposited to his account with the Citi Bank Private bank Services.

Because Late Mr. Anthony Adam Zoccali did not name any next of kin,so it is very easy for me to present anyone as his next of kin and thereby the beneficiary to the funds,as his contact and consultant here in the UK I will be able to arrange all the necessary documents that will be required by the bank in your favor,which will enable the bank to release the funds to you.

We will share the funds 50% to you and 50% to me, if you agree to my proposal please send to me the below details for easy communication between the both of us and for identification.

FULL NAMES........................................
YOUR PRIVATE MOBILE NO............................
YOUR PRIVATE FAX NO...............................
HOME ADDRESS......................................
OFFICE ADDRESS....................................

Mr. Benson Anderson
MOBILE: +44-703 194 9409
TELEFAX: +44-703 199 1308

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