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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: "Keron Abeo" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 11 Nov 2017 03:58:14 -0800
Subject: My Bussnes Proposal

Dear Friend,

It is an honor to request your assistance in this business proposal that, if he pursued his conclusion will be of great benefit for both. I hope you give it the attention and respond to me as soon as possible.

I hope it's enough in this matter confidential and not decontaminate the information that will reveal to you as you understand my proposal.

My name is Keron Abeo I am the branch manager of a reputable bank here in the Caribbean. I am a man of peace; therefore, I try all the time to ensure they do not indulge in frivolous activities that my family and I could see in a problematic situation. My desire is of great benefit and only hope we can be helpful to each other.

My duty as branch manager is to send in a financial report to my supervisor of the unit in the central office at the end of each fiscal year. During the last two (2015) year, I discovered that a borrower to a deceased client overdraft, which was also canceled not registered to the attention of management. It stands as a bad apartment and was reported as a bad debt in the fiscal report that year (This was not done intentionally)

The sum [$ 3,750.000.00] has been reduced by an account flotation, and closely watched by me for the day, even while working out modalities for transferring funds to a trusted partner. Much is at stake, besides my position and that was not to be mentioned as the initiator, hence my decision to contact you because we have no links or previous relationships.

I created a ghost account to protect the bank's auditors name, however you can not transfer them to an insurance account because I can not conclude the transfer without the aid of a beneficiary. As an officer of the bank that can not be directly connected to this money, so this informed my educated decision to contact you so that we can work together. I would like to help me in this matter and give me account to receive the money. I'm also making a modest offer of 20% of the total money. Please note, there is virtually no risk involved, it will be a bank transfer.

All I need from you is to stand claim as the original depositor of this fund who made the deposit at our branch so that the central government may order the transfer to the designated bank account. I'll do the paper work and need not to previous contributions if we agree to start. I will complete an account opening for yourself and have backdated to match the date of the funds. If you accept this offer to work with me, I appreciate it. As soon as we receive your kind reply, I will give more details on how we can achieve it successfully.

For now, thanks for your time. Looking forward to read from you soon. Please get back to me via email.

Keron Abeo.

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