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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: Khoren Pnjoyan <>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2006 12:19:21 +0000
Subject: Urgent Proposal

>From The Desk of Independent Committee of
Eminent Persons (ICEP), London UK.

My name is Mr Khoren Pnjoyan, a member of Independent Committee of
Eminent Persons (ICEP), London, United Kingdom. ICEP is charged with the responsibility of
finding dormant account in Switzerland , belonging to non Swiss indigenes, which have remained dormant since World War II.
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 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 20,500,000 US dollar 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. The funds will be
banked in a bank in holland or the united kingdom,where i have got contacts,
where we can safely withdraw the funds and we can share the funds and use it

for investment of our choice.
Due to the sensitive nature of my job, I need a foreigner to HELP claim the
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 an internet Bank, of which 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 60 percent and your share

is 40 per cent of the total amount. THERE IS NO RISK INVOLVED.
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 risks.
Due to security reasons, reply to me via email only You may reply to
me securely on the following email,
Thank you for your prompt response.
Mr. Khoren Pnjoyan

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