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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: "NANCY BROOKS" <nancy02brooks@excite.com>
Reply-To: nancy00brooks@yahoo.com.au
Date: Sat, 28 Oct 2006 11:31:16 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: From Mrs Nancy Brooks ( Natwest Bank London ) !!!


Dear Friend,In order to transfer out (USD 12.6 M) Twelve million Six Hundred United States Dollars) from Natwest Bank London, I have the courage to ask if you are a reliable and honest person who will be capable for this important business believing that you will never let me down either now or in future.I am Mrs Nancy Brooks, the Financial manager Operations, there is an account opened in this bank in 2001 and since nobody has operated on this account again.After going through some old files in the records, I discovered that if I do not remit this money out urgently it would be forfeited for nothing. The owner of this account is a foreigner, a geologist by profession and he died since 2001. No other person knows about this account or any thing concerning it, the account has no other beneficiary and my investigation proved to me as well that this company does not know anything about this account and the amount involved is (USD 12.6M) Twelve Million, six Hundred United States
Dollars million dollars. I want to first transfer US$6,000,000:00 Six million United States Dollars from this money into a safe foreigners account abroad before the rest, but I don't know any foreigner.I am only contacting you as a foreigner because this money cannot be approved to a local bank here, but can only be approved to any foreign account because the money is in us dollars and the former owner of the account is he is a foreigner too. I know that this message will come to you as a surprise as we don't know ourselves before. We will sign an agreement, but be sure that it is real and a genuine business.You are the only person that I have contacted in this business; so please reply urgently so that I will inform you the next step to take immediately. Send also your private telephone and fax number . I want us to meet face to face or sign a binding agreement to bind us together so that you can receive this money into a foreign account or any account of your choice where
the fund will be safe. And I will fly to your country for withdrawal and sharing and other investments.I am contacting you because of the need to involve a foreigner with foreign account and foreign beneficiary. I need your full co-operation to make this work fine because the management is ready to approve this payment to any foreigner, who has correct information of this account, which I will give to you later immediately, if you are able and with capability to handle such amount in strict confidence and trust according to my instructions and advice for our mutual benefit because this opportunity will never come again in my life. I need truthful person in this business because I don't want to make mistake I need your strong assurance and trust. With my position now in the office I can transfer this money to any foreigner's reliable account, which you can provide with assurance that this money will be intact pending my physical arrival in your country for sharing. I will
destroy all documents of transaction immediately we receive this money leaving no trace to any place. For more details please contact my associate Mr.Donald Brown on Telephone number +44 704 012 9749,+44 704 012 9750 Or through e-mail address:(donaldbrown2000@myway.com)At the conclusion of this business, you will be given 35% of the total amount, 60% will be for me, while 5% will be for expenses both parties might have incurred during the process of transferring.I look forward to your earliest reply.RegardsMrs Nancy Brooks.

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