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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: 16 Aug 2018 18:21:01 +0300
Subject: Actually

Hi Dear,

I Am Kenneth mark,an assistant manager in Bills And Exchange at
the Foreign Remittance department at

credit union bank (Bi county PCT Federal credit union USA ).

Actually, I have a very urgent & confidential Business
Proposition for you & for our overall mutual

interest. On the 6th of March 2003, our Customer, an American
National, late Williams J. Stone, an Oil

Merchant / Contractor with the Federal Government of United state
deposited a valued amount of US

$32Million in my branch. Upon maturity, I sent a routine
notification to his forwarded address but got

no reply. After a month we sent a reminder, & finally we
discovered from his contract employers ANPC,

that late William J. Stone, until his death Twelve years ago in a
ghastly terrorist attack to American

Airlines Flight 11, from Boston, Massachusetts, to Los Angeles,
California, crashed into the North Tower

of the World Trade Center (WTC) with 86 people on board. All
occupants of the Aeroplane unfortunately

lost their lives.

On further Investigation, I found out that he did not leaving a
WILL and all attempts to trace his Next

of kin were Fruitless. I therefore made further investigation and
discovered that late Williams J.

Stone, did not declare any Next of kin in all his official
documents. This sum US$32Million is still

floating in the bank and the interest is being rolled over with
the principal sum at the end of each

year. No one will come forward to claim it. According to American
Laws, at the expiration of 17years,

the money will revert to the Ownership of the American Government
if nobody applies to claim the funds,

The bank manager then asked me to locate anyone from his home
town to repatriate the fund before the

government of United state claims it

Consequently, my proposal is that i will like you as a foreigner
to stand in as a Next of kin of Late

Williams J. Stone This is simple. All I require is your honest
and co-operation to enable us see this

deal through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a
legitimate arrangement that will protect

you from any breach of the law. I will want you to send to me on
your return email the following

information for the transfer in your favor.

1. Your full names as the Beneficiary of the Fund.
2. Your contact address.
3. Your private phone and fax numbers.

Let's consider that our ratio of sharing will be as stated Thus;
1. I as the Originator of the Fund will take 55% of the
transferable Fund.
2. You as the Manager of the Fund will take 45% of the
transferable Fund.

Most importantly, CONFIDENTAILITY as what I saw as the life wire
to the success of the transfer of this

Fund must have to be emulated between you and me. You have to use
this media to promise me that you will

not in anyway expose the content of this transaction to anybody
be it your Friends, Colleagues and Co-

Workers. I will also want you to send your reply to this email
( as soon as

you get this mail to enable us discuss on the modalities and
processes for success of this transaction.

Thanks for your anticipated cooperation and understanding.

I wait for your kind response.
Thanks And Remain blessed.

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