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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: "MIKE BELLO" <mikebello@verizonmail.com> (may be fake)
Reply-To: mikebello@verizonmail.com, mike_bello@verizonmail.com
Date: Wed, 17 May 2006 23:34:16 +0100
Subject: STILL WAITING FOR YOUR RESPONSE TOWARD MY LAST EMAIL



Attn..

AM STILL WAITING FOR YOUR RESPONSE TOWARD MY LAST EMAIL.KINDLY CONFIRM IF YOU CAN HANDLE THE PROJECT.

EMAIL ME BACK AND TELL ME YES OR NO.

THE BANK IS ALSO WAITING FOR YOUR RESPONSE.

BELOW IS MY FIRST EMAIL.

WAITING FOR YOUR PROPMT RESPONSE.

MIKE BELLO


Attn.



I am Mike Bello, I am the personal accountant to
Engr. Don Wainwright, a foriegn National who use to
work with Shell development Company in Hong Kong.
Herein after shall be referred to as my client. My
client, his wife and their three children were
involved in a train accident in Japan during their
visit to Japan.Here is some news about the train
accident:


Click on the web address:




http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/04/25/AR2005042500187.html




http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/4480031.stm


http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/1980484.stm.


Since then I have made several enquires to your
embassy to locate any of my client's extended
relatives,this has also proved unsuccessful. After
these several unsuccessful attempts to locate any
member of his family, hence I contacted you. I am
contacting you to assist in repatriating the money
and property left behind by my client before they
get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the
bank where this huge deposit is lodged.
Particularly, the UNION TRUST BANK PLC, where the
deceased had an account valued at about 10.5
Million
U.S Dollars



The Bank has issued me a notice to provide the next
of kin or have the account confiscated within the
next fourteen official working days. Since I have
been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for 2
years now I seek your consent to present you as the
next of kin so that we can share the money. 35% for
me and 35% for you, while 15% will be used to
offset
all the expenses incurred in the course of this
transaction including tax and 15% for the poor in
your country.



Therefore, if you are interested to execute this
deal with me, kindly forward to me your private
telephone/fax numbers to enable me submit them to
the bank where my late client deposited his money.
I
guarantee that this will be executed under a
legitimate arrangement that will protect you from
any breach of the law.

Please get in touch with me via my Private Email:
TEMMYJULIE@YAHOO.COM



I anticipate your urgent response!



Best regards,


Mike Bello




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