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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 about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: ashley bolton <>
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2006 04:26:23 -0800 (PST)

Dear Sir,

However strange or surprising this contact might seem to you as we

have not met personally or had any dealings with you in the past. I

must apologize for intruding into your private email address, but I

humbly ask that you take due consideration of its importance and

immense benefit it will be to you.

I am a legal consultant/broker based in LONDON. I am currently

representing some members of the 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

II. For more information check:

A dormant account with the sum of Forty Five Million United States

Dollars ($45M) as discovered by clients/close asso ciates who are

members of (ICEP). The money included accumulated interest. They

needed my assistance since the transfer can be made easily with my

supervision as an experienced broker. My clients at (ICEP) have

confided in me to look for a foreign partner that will help in

putting the funds into the banking system and also assist in

investing the funds into profitable business ventures for mutual


Since my clients at the (ICEP), Switzerland have mandated me to

look for a foreign partner and that is my aim for contacting you.

Please do not despair because I got your email address from a

business advertising website on the Internet before making my

contact with you. I do not intend to fail my client because I have

been a very close associate and legal consultant to them for the

past 20 years.

Bear in mind that we also have well-established contacts at the

Claims Resolution Tribunal (CRT) responsible for handling

processing of all claims on accounts due to non-Swiss citizens.

Whereas, uncomplicated claims will be processed under a "fast

track" procedure, which is the procedure, our claims will be put


I have also made contacts with the Trust Company responsible for

Dormant Account Recovery (DAR) in the United Kingdom and also

concluded final arrangements with them to take over the funds by a

new beneficiary legally. As an experienced broker and working with

top executive members of (ICEP) who are also my close associates, I

have all secret details and necessary contacts for claim of the

funds without any hitch.

We are willing to offer you as much as 20% of the entire funds and

after the transaction has been completed. There is no risk involved

in this transaction and all the process of the administrative

claims will be legally achieved to transfer the funds in your name

as the new beneficiary.

In conclusion, if you are willing and ready to assist us claim the

dormant account smoothly, please indicate in your return reply mail

or fax number +44-700-5961031 and I will furnish you with more

details on how the transaction will be completed including my

contact telephone number so that you can call me for questions and

clarifications where necessary. We also look forward to doing more

deals with you.

Warm regards,


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