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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. Thomas Anderson" <>
Date: Sun, 29 May 2005 15:50:21 +0000


My name is Mr. Thomas Anderson. A member of Independent
Committee of Eminent Persons (ICEP), Switzerland. ICEP
is charged with the responsibility of finding bank
accounts in Switzerland belonging to non-Swiss
indigenes, which have remained dormant since World War

It may interest you to know that in July of 1997, the
Swiss Banker's Association published a list of dormant
accounts originally opened by non-Swiss citizens.
These accounts had been dormant since the end of World
War II (May 9, 1945). Most belonged to Holocaust
victims. The continuing efforts of the Independent Committee of
Eminent Persons (ICEP) have since resulted in the discovery of
additional dormant accounts - 54,000 in December 1995.
The published lists contain all types of dormant
accounts, including interest-bearing savings accounts,
securities accounts, safe deposit boxes, custody
accounts, and non-interest-bearing transaction
accounts. Numbered accounts are also included.
Interest is paid on accounts that were interest
bearing when established.

The Claims Resolution Tribunal (CRT) handles
processing of all claims on accounts due non-Swiss
citizens. A dormant account of ORDNER ADELE
with a credit balance of 45,000,000.00 (forty five
million us dollars) plus accumulated interest was
discovered by me. The beneficiary was murdered during
the holocaust era, leaving no WILL and no possible
records for trace of heirs.The Claims Resolution Tribunal has been
mandated to report all unclaimed funds for permanent closure of
accounts and transfer of existing credit balance into the treasury of
Switzerland government as provided by the law for management of assets
of deceased beneficiaries who
died interstate (living no wills).

Being a top executive at ICEP, I have all secret
details and necessary contacts for claim of the funds
without any hitch. We can share the funds and use it in
investment of our choice. Due to the sensitive nature of my job, I need
a foreigner to HELP claim the funds. All that is required is for you to
provide me with your details for processing of the necessary legal and
administrative claim documents for transfer of the funds to you. Kindly
provide me with your full name, address, and telephone/fax. I will do
all my possible best to
ensure that the fund is transferred to a secure,
numbered account in your name in any country of your
choice and also where you will be capable of accessing
the funds gradually and transferring to your country
and other banks of your choice in the world.
My share will be 50 percent and your share is 30 per
cent of the total amount. 20 percent will be
will be for all the that the two party will enccounter expenses. THERE

You can find additional information about unclaimed
funds through the Internet at the following websites: The Holocaust Claims Processing Office has put funds
in Escrow awaiting submission of valid claims for necessary
disbursement. I find myself privileged to have this information and
this may be a great opportunity for a lifetime of success without

Due to security reasons, you can also reply to my via
email only. You may reply to me securely on the following email,

Thank you for your prompt response

I hope to hear from you soon.

Mr. Thomas Anderson

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