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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. Suvo Sarkar" <>
Reply-To: "Mr. Suvo Sarkar" <>
Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2018 09:01:33 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Your urgent attention is required!!

Greeting to you!!

With Due Respect's i know this letter will be a surprise to you because you did not give me the permission to do so and neither do you know me but before I tell you about myself I want you to please forgive me for sending this mail without your permission. I am writing this letter in confidence believing that if it is the will of Allah for you to help me ,the almighty Allah will bless and reward you abundantly. I need an honest and trust worthy person like you to entrust this huge transfer project unto.

I am Mr. Suvo Sarkar, a Bank Officer here in U.A.E. I believe it is the wish of Allah for me to come across you now. I am having an important business discussion I wish to share with you which I believe it will interest you and your going to benefit from it.

One Late Mr. Peter ,had a fixed deposit with my bank in 2008 for 108 calendar months, valued at US$30,000,000.00 (Thirty Million United State Dollars) the due date for this deposit contract was last 22nd March 2018. Sadly he was among the death victims on the 30th September 2009 West Sumatra Earthquake: Padang Indonesian that killed over 1,000 people .He was in Indonesia on a business trip and that was how he met his end. My bank management is yet to know about his death, I knew about it because he was my friend and I am his account officer. he did not mention any Next of Kin/ Heir when the account was opened, and he was never married and had no children. Last week my Bank Management requested that he should give instructions on what to do about his funds, if to renew the contract or to received he's fund back.

I know this will happen and that is why I have been looking for a means to handle the situation, because if our Bank directors happens to know that he is dead and do not have any Heir, they will confiscate the funds for their personal use, so I don't want such to happen. That was why I contacted you, I am now seeking your co-operation to present you as the Next of Kin/ Heir to the account, since we can use your last name with he's name and my bank headquarters will release the fund to you. There is no risk involved, the transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of law. Hence; I am inviting you on this business deal which will favor us, we are going to share between us in the ratio of 50/50 of this fund, if you agree to my business proposal.

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 to the deceased indicating your bank name, your bank account number, your private telephone and fax number for easy and effective communication and location where in the money will be remitted. I will not fail to bring to your notice that this transaction is hitch-free and please you should not entertain any atom of fear as all required arrangements have been made for the transfer. You should contact me immediately as soon as you receive this letter. Trusting to hear from you immediately. We shall go over the details once I receive your urgent response.

please would you be so kind to let me have your feedback on this matter?

Best regards,

Mr. Suvo Sarkar

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