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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:

From: "Mr. John S. Varley." <>
Date: Sat, 11 Aug 2018 16:28:04 -0700
Subject: Profitable Business Transaction



I deeply apologize for the inconvenience that I might have indulged you. I
am Mr. John S. Varley, the chief executive in charge of Auditing and
Accounting Section of the Barclays Bank Plc. London, United Kingdom. With
due respect and regards, I have decided to contact you on a business
transaction that will be very beneficial and profitable for both of us at
the end of the transaction .

During our investigation and auditing in this bank, I discovered an
abandoned sum of Sixteen Million, Four Hundred Thousand United States of
American Dollars Only (US$16.4m) in an account that belongs to one of our
foreign customers Mr. Shukri Mohammed Ghanem, the Libyan former oil
Minister during Muammar Gaddafi Government. Upon maturity, the Barclays
Bank Plc, officials sent a routine notification to his forwarding address
but got no reply. After several months, we sent a reminder and finally we
discovered from a report we received from the International security that
Mr. Shukri Mohammed Ghanem died and his body was found floating in the
Danube in Vienna on Sunday, April 29th 2012 and I found out that he died
without making a will, and all attempts to trace his next of kin was
fruitless and unsuccessful.

However, Mr. Shukri Mohammed Ghanem was privy to a 2009 deal over the Ras
Lanuf refinery that officials are trying to unravel.

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Furthermore, I therefore made further investigation and discovered that
Mr. Shukri Mohammed Ghanem did not declare any next of kin or relations in
all his official documents, including his Bank Deposit paperwork in my
Bank. This sum of Sixteen Million, Four Hundred Thousand United States of
American Dollars Only(US$16.4m) still sitting in my Bank and the interest
is being rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each year.
Certainly non of his relation will ever come for this money as they do not
know of it since this depositor does not indicate any next of kin in the
bank documents.

According to the British Law, under British foreign and defense affairs,
at the expiration of Ten(10) years,such funds will be revert to the
ownership of the British Government for financing military operations,such
as purchasing of arms and ammunition for the military. And If I allow this
funds to be sent to Mr. Shukri Mohammed country of origin in Libya, It
might be used for the development of weapon or sponsoring terrorism.

In order to avert this negative development, I will like to seek for your
permission as a foreigner to stand as the next of kin to Mr. Shukri
Mohammed so that the fruits of this old man's labor will not be used for
financing weapons which will further enhance the courses of war in the
world at large. The money will be paid into your account for us to share in
the ratio of 50% for me and 40% for you and 10% for expenses Incurred in
the course of the transaction.There is no risk at all since all the legal
documents related to this fund was issued from the British High Court of
Justice and I want you to be rest assured that this transaction is risk
free and would be most profitable for both of us.

Therefore to enable the immediate transfer of this fund to you as
arranged, you must apply first to the bank as relation or next of kin of
the deceased indicating your Name, Your private telephone and fax number,
Your Home Address and Occupation for easy and effective communication and
location wherein the fund will be remitted.

2. ADDRESS:...
4. AGE:...
5. SEX...
8. PHONE...
9. FAX:...

You should contact me on my private email at
( as soon as you receive this letter.
Trusting to hear from you immediately and please kindly give me a call
also. This is my private phone number: +44 203 695 3422.

Awaiting your urgent reply.

Mr. John S. Varley.

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