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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: "David Bersson" <> (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 16 May 2006 04:50:55 -0700
Subject: Business Proposal

Dear Sir,

My name is Dr.David Bersson, I am member of 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. 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

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 Hami Ramzy with
a credit balance of 15,800,000 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 theirs. 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 the Holland, London or Spain, being a safe for funds and we can
share the funds and use in investment of our choice. Due to the
sensitive nature of my job, I need a foreigner to HELP claim the funds. 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. For
the fund to be transferred to a secure, numbered account in your name
and country via any of the corresponding banks in London or Spain, of
which you will be capable of accessing the funds gradually and
transferring to your country and other banks of 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 life time of success without risks.


Thanking you in anticipation for your prompt response.

Dr.David Bersson

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