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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: "Mr.David Wood" <david_wood@mail.az>
Date: Thu, 02 Mar 2006 05:54:59 -1200
Subject: CALL MR DAVID WOOD


Greetings My Friend,

I am Mr. David Wood, the Bank Manager of CITIBANK 332 Oxford
Street, London W1N 9AA. I have an urgent and confidential
business proposition for you. On the 6th of June 1996, a
Portuguese Foreign Oil consultant/contractor with the
BRITISH PETROLEUM CORPORATION Mr. Brian David-Marshall. Made
a numbered time (Fixed deposit) for 24 calendar months,
valued at GBP 59,500,000.00 (fifty Nine Million Five hundred
thousand pounds only) in my branch. Upon maturity in 1998, I
sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but
got no reply.

After a month later we sent a reminder and finally we
discovered from his contract employers, the British
Petroleum Corporation that Mr. Brian David-Marshall died as
a result of torture in the hand of Saddam Hussein during one
of his trips to Iraq. On further investigation I found out
that he died without making a WILL and all attempts to trace
his next of kin were fruitless. I therefore made further
investigation and discovered that Mr. Brian David-Marshall
did not declare any kin or relations in all his official
documents, including his Bank Deposit paperwork in my Bank.

These sums of GBP 59,500,000.00 have been floating as
unclaimed since 1998 in my bank as all efforts to get his
relatives have hit the stones. According to the British law
at the expiration of 8 (Eight) years, the money will revert
to the ownership of the British Government if nobody applies
to claim these funds and the Eight years is the end of
December 2006.

Consequently, my proposal is that I want to seek your
consent as a foreigner to stand in as the owner of the money
as the next of kin to the deceased so that the bank will
transfer the money to your designated account. All documents
and proves to enable you get these funds will be carefully
worked out. I have secured from the probate an order of
mandamus to locate any of the deceased beneficiaries, and
more so I am assuring you that the business is risk free
involvement. Your share stays while the rest be for me and
for investment purpose, as I will leave London by the end of
the year.

The sharing of the funds will be based According to
agreement within you and me. As soon as I receive an
acknowledgement of receipt of this message in acceptance of
our mutual business proposal, I will furnish you with the
necessary modalities and disbursement ratio to suit both
parties without any conflict. If this proposal is acceptable
by you, do not take undue advantage of the trust I have
bestowed in you.

PLEASE ENDEAVOUR TO SEND YOUR PERSONAL TELEPHONE AND FAX
NUMBER IN YOUR REPLY TO THIS BUSINESS. YOU CAN ALSO REACH ME
DIRECTLY USING THIS NUMBER TEL- +44-704-0130818 AND FAX-
+44-870-4788025.

God Bless you,
Mr. David Wood.


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