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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: Fri, 18 Mar 2022 08:45:58 +0000


I am Mr.James Moore, i have just been appointed as the skynet courier
company director, yesterday was my first day at the office as the new
director of skynet courier company then i went through the company
files only to discovered that a particular consignment was held and
abandoned for several years only because the owner gave a false
declarations, it was registered as ordinary personal
effects/classifieds documents but when scanned, it was reviewed as raw
cash worth over $6.9 million.

I was very much interested on this case so i took all the consignment
documents for verifications but unfortunately, the rightful owner died
6 years ago and their was no details of his family or relatives, i
have tried several times to contact the address and telephone number
on the consignment document's but the numbers no longer exist and same
goes to the address, the information i got was about the man, that he
died 6 years ago with his newly wedded wife on plane crash on their
way to Paris for honeymoon.

The consignment has been held and abandoned for several years without
anyone coming for claim and if no one call or come to claim the
consignment, the skynet management will move the consignment to the
Nigerian treasury department as unclaimed fund so, i want to use this
opportunity as the newly appointed director in-charge of skynet to
move this consignment out to another country with the power vested on
me as the director of skynet courier company but, i still can't do
this alone and that is my reasons for contacting you today.

I seek for your hand in partnership to move this consignment out to
your house address then we can share the $6.9million inside the
consignment 50/50. Its very simple, i need you to stand as the only
surviving relatives to the late Hubert Winchester the rightful owner
who died 6years ago, American born citizen from California. I will
prepared all the documents to your favour as the next of kin to the
late hubert then present your documents to the skynet managements as
the next of kin to inherit the consignment.

I need a honest and someone trusted for this deal so please kindly
indicate your interest by proving me with below details.

Your full name's.......
Phone number.....
House address......
County and state......
A valid I.D for identification attached.

With these information's, i shall on your behalf prepare a documents
on your favour as the next of kin to the late Hubert Winchester and
the consignment worth over $6.9 million shall be delivered to you
immediately but remember, the $6.9 million will be shared equally
among the two of us.

I wait your responds and please for security reasons, do keep this
deal confidential because no one else knows about the contents of the
consignment accept me and you.

Thank you as i wait for your responds
Mr.james Moore
CALL ME +2348032871578

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