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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: Alan Fulp <>
Date: Mon, 15 May 2006 17:58:50 -0700
Subject: From Alan Fulp

My name is Alan W. Fulp, Senior Vice President & Senior Real Estate Lending Officer & Bellevue Business Banking Manager of Charter Bank of Washington 10885 NE 4th Street, Suite 100 Bellevue, WA 98004-5531. I have been working with Charter Bank since it was founded in 1997, I have been in the banking industry for 21 years now.

I have a very good business opportunity for you, this business is a lifetime opportunity for me and you. As a Senior Vice President of this organization, I have so many business opportunities here in the bank which I cannot achieve by myself but using the assistance of a very good business representative in achieving my goals.

For the past six years, we have had an unclaimed funds which belongs to ADAM K. MILFORD with Social Security Numbers 408-26-6955 who resides in Adamsville Tennessee 38310 born on the 1st of January 1915 I did a research on him and discovered he had died on the 22nd of May 2000. Presently, his unclaimed funds here with us is a total of US$13,500,000 (Thirteen Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) which the government has instructed us to payout to his family member with the correct claims details. We tried several times to get a hold of a family member to claim the funds but all efforts abortive.

Right now I have all correct details in claiming the foresaid funds but I cannot claim these funds since I am a top official in this organization. I need someone who is capable in claiming the unclaimed funds which are lying here in our bank. It is very short and simple, is just for you to contact the bank with the right details and you will be required to pass through the claiming process by signing some documents for the funds release and the funds will be released to you.

I will supply you all necessary information's to enable you claim the funds. If you are willing to assist me in claiming these funds, I will give you 40% then I will take 60% after all taxes has been taken. This is very straight forward. Please bear in mind that I shall not be in the picture of this transaction for the safety of this transaction, i will only give you instructions on email and you will deal with the bank by telephone and fax.

As soon as I hear from you and get to know who you are, I shall provide you with the telephone and fax numbers of the administrative department of the Charter Bank of Washington then you can speak to someone about the unclaimed funds.
I await on your immediate response. Please respond to my personal email:


Alan Fulp.
Senior Vice President
Charter Bank of Washington

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