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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: test <>
Date: Tue, 05 Feb 2019 06:09:11 -0800
Subject: Business Proposal

I write to acknowledge the receipt of your email massage! Please take your time carefully and read my proposal and I would appreciate if the content of this email is kept strictly confidential and respect the integrity of the information/content of this mail. This letter must come to you as a big surprise, but I believe it is only a day that people meet and become great friends and business partners. Please I want you to read this letter very carefully and I must apologize for barging this message into your mail box. I am Mr. Henrich Kisker an executive from Zurich Cantonal Bank. I have a business proposal of immense benefits; i hope this deal will be kept confidential between us until it is executed successfully. Over the past 5 years, i have been engaging in loaning private companies and entrepreneurs funds to finance/ignites their businesses; i was able to engaged in these activities because i am in charge of my bank's vaults.

Last week my bank has commenced with general auditing as a regular exercise for stock balancing at this time of the year. During the course i have already loaned a company " Linn Energy ( " a total some of US$60,000,000.00 (Sixty Million United States Dollars) to finance their oil exploration activities with an interests rate of 20% over the time period plus a overlap period of 2 years as most bank never loan clients compare to few years ago due to the World economy financial crisis. The said fund is due for remittance which i called upon Linn Energy CEO Mr. David Rottino for the capital and interest payment which he oblige.

At this point in time, i cannot provide my bank of Switzerland account to Linn Energy for payment because if i do, it will raise suspicious by my bank. The total amount plus the interest will amount to US$72,000,000.00(Seventy two Million United States Dollars) i.e US$60,000,000.00 plus the interest of US$12,000,000.00.

Listen, i would want you to contact Mr.David Rottino of Linn Energy via email that you are my secretary and will be receiving the loan amount, though i have spoken with him that my secretary will contact him by providing the said banking details. If you are willing to partner with me in this business deal which is 100% secured without any law infringement, we will share the interest 50%/50%. i.e US$6,000,000.00 for me and US$6,000,000.00 for you.

If you accept this offer, we shall employ a swift commencement of this project without delay by signing an agreement letter in-order to ensure that soonest the said fund is release i will have my share plus the said capital. I will share my official identification with you upon confirmation to partner with me in this project. Kindly contact me with this email address for more details. (

Mr. Henrich Kisker.

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