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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: MISS LADY <>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2006 02:44:32 -0800 (PST)

Lloyds TSB Group plc
25 Gresham Street
London EC2V 7HN


I am a lady accountant with a bank here in London. There is a fixed deposit of L150,000,000.00 (One Hundred and Fifty Million Pounds Sterling) made to this bank since 1994 which twelve years now and since then no clam or withdrawal have been made on that deposit. Fortunately, I have been the person working the interest from the day of deposit to date. The interesting part of it is that the fixed deposit belongs to the late Nigerian dictator General Sani Abach, this means that the account may have been abandoned by the surviving family members or that they are not even aware of the existence of the deposit.

However, I just finished updating the interest of the deposit this January, and it has come up to L105,000,000.00 at the 7% interest rate per annum. It is this interest that I am interested in because I know very well that the family will care less on what happens to the interest if they want to redeem the deposit, they will be interested on the main money, that is if they are able to clam it at all because all the money lodged into different banks here in Europe and United States are now been claimed by the Nigerian government.

Meanwhile, my plan is to withdraw just some amount from the accumulated interest, which will not even affect the main fixed deposit. I will give you the details of procedure and my full ID when I receive your reply and indication of partner. Your reward and amount to withdraw will be our mutual agreement to avoid any misunderstanding.
We have noting to lose, we only courage to do this.

Regards and respect,

Cynthia Wood.

Group Finance Director
Lloyds bank London.

NB: I decided to contact a stranger for this deal because of the saying that your best friend could be your worst enemy.

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