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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. Claude Piret" <>
Date: Wed, 27 Oct 2021 11:10:09 +0100
Subject: Attention: Please

From The Desk of: Mr. Claude Piret
Piraeus Bank SA, Athens Greece.

Attention: Please,

I am Mr. Claude Piret, an account manager with Piraeus Bank SA in
Athens Greece. On November 21st 2002, Mr. Robert Thompson an Oil
consultant/contractor with the Hellenic Petroleum Company in Athens
Greece, made a numbered time Fixed Deposit for twelve calendar months,
valued at (US$25,000,000.00) Twenty Five Million United States Dollars
in my bank.

Upon maturity of his fund as his account Officer, I sent a routine
notification to his forwarding address but got no reply. After a
month, we sent a reminder and finally i discovered from his contract
employers, the Hellenic Petroleum Company that Mr. Robert Thompson
unfortunately lost his life after a brief illness. He died of
esophageal cancer. .

Further investigations,and all attempts to trace his next of kin was
fruitless. Again,I made further investigation and discovered that Mr.
Robert did not declare any next of kin or relations in all his
official documents, including his Bank Deposit paperwork in my Bank
which means he died “intestate”. No one will ever come forward to
claim it and now the bank has mandated me as his account officer to
present the next of kin to this fund.

Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you as a foreigner to
stand in as the next of kin/beneficiary to Mr. Robert Thompson.for the
money to be paid into your bank account., I will like you to respond
immediately with the following Information’s as stated below, so that
we will prepare the necessary documents and affidavits that will put
you in place as the beneficiary to facilitate the fund transfer into
your bank account.

1. Your name in full:.
2. Residential Address:.
3. Telephone Number:.
4. Occupation:.
5. Country:.
6. Marital Status:
7. Age:
8. Sex:.
9. Bank details

Upon the receipt of the funds in your account you will be entitled to
25% of the total amount as your own share for your assistance after
the transaction, while 70% will be for me and my colleagues and 5% for
any Expenses that may be incurred in the course of the transaction.
However, i wish to receive your personal assurance that you would
not betray me after the fund must have arrived your account.

You should observe utmost confidentiality, and be rest assured that
this transaction would be most profitable for both of us because I
shall require your assistance to invest my share in your country after
the transaction. Meanwhile, your immediate response will be highly

Awaiting your urgent reply.

Mr. Claude Piret

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