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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: "" <>
Date: Sat, 18 Nov 2006 19:09:04 +0100 (MET)
Subject: Hello...

I am MRS ROSELYN ADAMS, The manager, Bills and Exchange at the Foreign Remittance Department of HSBC BANK HERE IN UK. I am writing this letter to ask for your support and cooperation to carry out this business opportunity in my department.
I and my colleagues in our department discovered an abandoned sum of $15,000,000.00 Fifteen million United States Dollars only) in an account that belongs to one of our bank foreign customer who died along with his entire family in November 2003 in a plane crash.

Since we heard of his death, we have been expecting his next-of-kin to come over and put claims for his money as the heir, because we cannot release the fund from his account unless someone applies for the claim as the next-of-kin to the deceased as indicated in our banking guidelines. Unfortunately, neither their family member nor distant relative has ever appeared to claim the said fund.

Now, i am soliciting for your assistance to enable i and my colleagues to present you before our bank as the next of kin to the deceased while the bank will approve the release and transfer of the said deposited fund in your favor.

To commence this transaction, we require you to immediately indicate your interest by a return e-mail and enclose your private contact telephone number, fax number full name and address and your designated bank coordinates to enable us file letter of claim to the appropriates departments in our bank for necessary approvals before the transfer can be made.

Note also, this transaction must be kept STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL because of its nature for both my colleagues and i are still in active service with our bank.

I look forward to receiving your prompt response.

Mrs. Roselyn Adams.

Reply through my private email address at (

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