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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: "Gibson R. Lucas" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 4 Feb 2019 22:15:47 +0100
Subject: Attn Friend=====CAN I TRUST YOU WITH THIS BUSINESS???

Attn Friend,

How are you doing today and your family ?

Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business relationship with you. I got your contact from a computerize data following my effort searching for a trustworthy person to assist me.

I am Gibson R. Lucas, the Head of Accounting Audit Department of ( FIRST U.S BANK ) United States of America, In my department in the Bank where i work, I discovered a sum of $45 Million USD In an account that belongs to one of our foreign deceased customer, a billionaire business man, Mogul Late Mr. Moises Saba Masri, a Jew from Mexico who was a victim of a helicopter crash since 2010, Which resulting to his death and his family members.

You can see more information about Mr. Moises Saba Masri unfortunate end accident on the website-link below.,7340,L-3832556,00.html

Now our bank has been waiting for any of the relatives to come forth for the claim but nobody has done that until now. I personally have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives, which the Board of Directors are planing to share this funds among themselves. But i had a good heart to use this funds to help the poor, I seek your consent as my business partner in this transaction to present you to my bank as the next of kin/Beneficiary to the deceased, so that the funds of this account valued at $45 Million USD can be paid to your bank account. I also want you to know that this transaction is %100 free risk, because i have all the legal document with me to make this transaction possible and successful, and the funds will be share equally between you and i, 50% to you and 50% to me.

I'm a honest man, and I want to use part of my share to help orphanage and motherless child home And i don't know about you what you will like to use your own part of the Money for, after the successful transaction business.

Please if you are much interested, kindly provide me the following information and send it to my personal E-mail address ( ), as we have few days to run this transaction.

1, Your Full names:.............................
2, Your age:..........................
3, Your private phone number:...............
4, Your current country and residential address:........
5, Your Occupation:.................................
6, Can You Handle This Project:...............................

Please on your confirmation of this message and indicating your interest, i will furnish you with more information on this business transaction.

Thank You.
Gibson R. Lucas.
Head of Accounting Audit Department.

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