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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "ferdinard stevenson" <>
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2006 01:51:40 +0000
Subject: Re:Hllo

Dear Friend,

My name is Ferdinard Stevenson,I am a senior banker in a bank here in the United Kingdom.

I am contacting you for a business transfer, of a huge sum of money from a deceased account. Though I know that a transaction of this magnitude will make any one apprehensive and worried, but I am assuring you that every documents that will bring about the success of this transaction would be provided, and all will be well at the end of the day. I decided to contact you due to the urgency of this transaction.

Mrs Judith Bowman Who died in an air crash along with her husband on the 31st October 1999 in an Egyptian airline 990 with other  passengers on board was an American,Oil onsultant/contractor with the Chinese Solid Minerals Corporation.You can confirm her death from the website below which was published by BBC WORLD NEWS.


Since her death, none of her next-of-kin are alive to make claims for this money as her heir, because they all died in the same accident herself and her husband (May their soul rest in peace). We cannot release the fund from his account unless someone applies for claim as the next-of-kin to the deceased as indicated in our banking guidelines.

Upon this discovery, I now seek your permission to have you stand as a next of kin to the deceased, as all documentations will be carefully worked to make you the beneficiary to the funds 6,100 000 00 GBP (Six million, one  hundred thousand Great British pounds sterling) which will be released in your favour as the next of kin. Because after seven years the money will be called back to the bank bond treasury as unclaimed bills and the money shared amongst the directors of the bank. so it is on this note I decided to seek for whom his name shall be used as the next of kin/beneficiary to this funds rather than allow the bank directors to share this money amongst themselves at the end of the year.

It may interest you to know that we have secured from the probate an order of mandamus to locate any of the deceased beneficiaries. Please acknowledge receipt of this message in acceptance of our mutual business endeavor by furnishing me with the following information if you are interested.

1. Full names

2. Telephone Number.

The funds have been moved to our correspondence bank so please if interested we can give you all guide lines to make sure these fund is transfered within 12 working days to your account.

For our personal contact and mutual trust in each other. I shall be compensating you with 35% of the above amount on final conclusion of this project for your assistance, the balance 65% shall be for me,because I intend to retire after the conclusion of this transaction . If this proposal is acceptable by you,please endeavor to contact me immediately. Do not take undue advantage of the trust I have bestowed in you, I await your urgent reply.

Best Regards,
Ferdinard Stevenson
Phone:+44 702 305 4641


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