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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: Mon, 07 Dec 2020 15:11:41 +0000

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Before I introduce myself, I wish to inform you that this letter is not a
hoax mail and I urge you to treat it serious. We want to transfer to
overseas account ($160,000.000.00) One hundred and sixty million US DOLLARS
from a prime Bank here in Abidjan. I want to ask you, If you are not
capable to quietly look for a reliable and honest person who will be
capable and fit to provide either an existing bank account or to set up a
new Bank a/c immediately to receive this money, even an empty a/c can serve
to receive this money, as long as you will remain honest to me till the end
for this important business trusting in you and believing in God that you
will never let me down either now or in future

I am Mr.willson victor, presently promoted to Auditor General in one of the
banks here in Abidjan cote d'ivoire. During the course of our auditing
last week, I discovered a floating fund in an account opened in the bank in
2014 and since 2020 nobody has operated on this account again, after going
through some old files in the records I discovered that the owner of the
account died without a [Heir/WILL] hence the money is floating and if I do
not remit this money out urgently it will be forfeited for nothing. The
owner of this account is Mr. Keith Lathan an American and a great
industrialist and a resident of Alaska State, who unfortunately lost his
life in the Auto crash in Alaska , which crashed on January 31 2016,
including his wife and only daughter leaving nobody to claim the money. No
other person knows about this account or any thing concerning it, the
account has no other beneficiary and my investigation proved to me as well
that the account is a secret account.

The total amount involved is One hundred and sixty million US DOLLARS only
[160,000.000.00 DOLLARS ] and we wish to transfer this money into a safe
foreigners account abroad. But I don't know any foreigner; I am only
contacting you as a foreigner because this money cannot be approved to a
local person here, but to a foreigner who has information about the
account, which I shall give to you upon your positive response. I am
revealing this to you with believe in God that you will never let me down
in this business, you are the first and the only person that I am
contacting for this business, so please reply urgently so that I will
inform you the next step to take urgently. I need your strong assurance
that you will never let us down, me and a key bank official who is deeply
involved with me in this business.

I guarantee you that this transaction will be executed under a legitimate
arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. The bank
official will destroy all documents of the transaction immediately you
receive this money leaving no trace to any place. I will use my position
and influence to obtain all legal approvals for onward transfer of this
money to your account with appropriate clearance from the relevant
ministries and foreign exchange departments At the conclusion of this
business, you will be given 30% of the total amount, 70% will be for us.


Best Regards

From Mr Willson Victor.

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