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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: "Dennis Hook" <>
Date: Tue, 31 May 2005 05:44:48 -0700

My name is Dennis Hook, 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

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, 1999.

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 35,000,000 USD 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

The Claims Resolution Tribunal has been mandated to
report all funds not paid out 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. The funds will be banked in the
Cayman Island, being a tax free, safe haven for funds
and we can share the funds and use 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 pay all required fees to ensure
that the fund is transferred to a secure, numbered
account in your name in the Cayman Island, of which
you will be capable of accessing the funds gradually
and transferring to your country and other banks of
choice in the world. My share will be 60 percent and
your share is 40 per cent of the total amount. 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 information for
necessary disbursement.

I find myself priviledged to have this information and
this may be a great opportunity for a life time of
success without problem.

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

Thank you for your prompt response.

Dennis Hook

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