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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Mr Kelly D.Andrea" <contact_kelly@mail.win.it> (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 24 Jun 2006 18.53.24 +0200
Subject: Re : Call Me ........

FROM:MR ANDREA KELLY
REMITTANCE DIRECTOR;
South Centre Bank, London,
United Kingdom

Dear Friend,

It is my humble pleasure to write you this confidential letter
irrespective
of the fact that you do not know me. Hence, I solicit your strictest
confidence in this transaction, this is by virtue of it's nature as
being
utterly confidential and top secret as I am writing you in confidence
for
good relationship. My Name is MR.ANDREA KELLY, I am the the Director of
Foreign Remittance in the South Bank Centre,. I have decided to contact
you
on a business transaction that will be very beneficial to both of us.

During my Auditing of the Bank's Accounts for last month, I came across
a
very huge sum of money belonging to a deceased person (ABDELDAYEM
EL-KHATIB
ABDULLAH). An Iraqi Citizen who was among the people that Died during
the
recent war in Iraq. His death occured was so unfornately because he was
an
Oil Magnate here in United Kingdom and he has some companies in Iraq
because
his Family based there. During his visit to Oversee his companies and
entire
Family in Iraq last year, the recent War started in Iraq and he died
along
with his Family. Before his Death, he had the sum of US$2.5Million in a
Fixed Deposit Account in this Bank and the Money matured since November
last
year.

Right now, the Money is lying unclaimed in our custody hence there is
no
next of kin mentioned in his file with this Bank and there is no how we
can
reach any of his relatives. The said mount involved is the sum of
US$2.500,000.00 (TWO MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES
DOLLARS ) .
Upon my personal finding on this matter, I kept this information secret
to
myself until now that I am contacting you. In view of the fact that the
deceased customer is a foreigner (from a different country), it is
Officially important for the involvement of a foreigner who wil pose as
a
next-of-kin. I will use my exalted position in this Bank to present you
as
his Next of Kin as you can be his relative, friend or Cousin and the
Money
(US$2.5Million) will be Safely ransfered into your own bank account in
your
country.

Before I made up my mind to contact you, I have concluded every
arrangement
to ensure that you receive the funds successfully as the next of kin.
Also I
have put in place necessary machinery for a hitch free transfer of this
Money to your Bank Account nominate in any part of the world. All I
need
from you mostly is your trustworthiness, Honesty and good cooperation.
Based
on that, send me immediately your name, telephone numbers, office or
Residential address, company name and Fax number (if any), and your
Bank
account particulars where the fund will be transferred into for you.
Because
you shall be officially regarded as the New Beneficiary/ Next of Kin
that
will be Legally approved as the entitled owner of the US$2.5Million. As
soon
as the Money is transfered and confirmed into your account, you will be
entitled to 40% of the total sum as gratification, while 60% will be
for me.
Later on, I must invest my 60% in your country based on your advise and
you
will be the dministrator of all the investments that I shall have in
your
country pending when I will resign from the Services of this Bank.
I have a plan to resign my job upon your receipt of the fund in your
account. This sum of US$2.5M is presently Floating in an account here
in
this Bank and No one will ever come forward to claim it and according
to the
Law of my country, at the expiration of Two (2) years the money will
revert
to the ownership of the State (Government) if nobody applies to claim
the
fund. This prompted me to contact you. I contacted you because it is
against
our code of ethics to own and operate foreign accounts and I shall
raised
all necessary documents in your name which shall legally prove/ confirm
you
as the actual next of kin to the Former/Late beneficiary. This is
simple, I
will like you to provide immediately your full names and address so
that the
lawyer will prepare the necessary documents for the drafting and
notarization of the WILL and obtain the Vital documents and letter of
probate/administration in your favour to show that you are the next of
kin
to the deceased. There is no risk involved at all, the paperwork for
this
transaction will be done legally, this will guarantee the successful
execution of the transaction. If you are interested, please reply
immediately, upon your response, I shall provide you with more details
and
relevant documents that will help you understand the transaction
better.

Note that if you are Afraid of Sending me your account information, I
suggest that you Open a New Account with Zero Balance (NO MONEY INSIDE)
and
we shall effectively use it for this transaction provided that it can
be
able to Accomodate the Funds. I require you to maintain the
confidentiality
of this ransaction because it is important due to the fact that I am
still
in active services with the South Bank Centre, London, United Kingdom

Immediately I recieve your response indicating your interest, I shall
send
you more details. Remember that your Faithfulness, and Confidentiality
is
mostly required.
Thanks and regards,



MR ANDREA KELLY
REMITTANCE DIRECTOR;
South Centre Bank, London,
United Kingdom
Email : contact_lelly@mail.win.it
Tel +44-7040-11-2854





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