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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, 17 Dec 2004 17:19:09 +0100

From; Harms Heersmink,
Channel Islands
Tel; 44 7040106546

Attention: Dear .

I am Mr. Harms Heersmink, Area Manager with a Bureau De Change in Channel
Islands. On June 6, 2000, a foreign Oil consultant/contractor with the Channel
Islands Oil fields Corporation, Mr. Richard Moss made a numbered time fixed
lodgment for twelve calendar months, valued at Seven Million United States
Dollars in my branch. Upon maturity, I sent a routine notification to his
forwarding address but got no reply. After a month, we sent a reminder and
finally we discovered that Mr. Richard Moss died from an automobile accident.

On further investigation, I found out that he died without making a WILL
and all attempts to trace his remaining or extended family was not possible
or fruitless. I therefore made further investigation and discovered that
Mr. Richard Moss did not declare or enter identity of any of his relations
in all his
official documents, including his customer paperwork with customer service
center of the financial house. The said of Seventy Million United States
Dollars, is still sitting in our financial house with all
documents within my reach and the interest is being rolled over with the
principal sum at the end
of each year. No one will ever come forward to claim it.

According to Channel Islands Law, at the expiration of 5 (five) years,the
money will revert to the ownership of the Channel Islands Government if
nobody applies to inherit the sum.

Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand
in as the family member to Mr. Richard Moss so that the fruits of this
old man's labor will not get into the hands of some corrupt
government officials of Channel Islands. This is simple, I will like you
to provide immediately your full contact details, name, phone numbers and
fax, so that the Attorney will prepare the necessary documents and secure
affidavits which will put you in place as the family member.We will obtain
the necessary documents and letter of probate/ administration in your favor
for the movement of the fund to you. An account in any part of the world
which you will provide will then facilitate the transfer of this money to
you as the beneficiary/family Member.

The money will be paid into your account for us to share in the ratio of
sixty percent for me, thirty percent for you while balance ten percent will
be used to settle any accidental expenses that may be made. There is no
risk at all as all the paperwork for this project will be done by the Attorney
and my position as the Branch Manager guarantees the successful execution
of this transaction. If you are interested, please reply immediately via
the private email address below. Upon your response, I shall then provide
you with more details and relevant documents that will help you
understand the deal.

Please observe total secrecy, and be rest assured that this project will
be most profitable for both of us because I shall require your assistance
to invest my share in your country.

Pick up your phone and call immediately you receive this email to acknowledge
your receipt and readiness for us to proceed.

Thanks and regards.

Mr. Harms Heersmink.
+44 7040106546


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