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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: kenny tommy <kenny_tommy44@yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Nov 2006 02:44:07 -0800 (PST)
Subject: GET BACK TO ME


FROM: MR KENNY TOMMY
CHIEF ACCOUNTANT OFFICER OF
GLOBAL FINANCE LIMITED

Dear Sir,

I know that this message will come to you as a surprise since we don't
know
each other before, but for purpose of introduction, I am Mr. KENNY TOMMY the Chief Accountant Officer of Global Finance Limited. There is an
account
opened in this bank in 1980 and since 1991, the account had remained
dormant.

After going through some old files, I discovered that if I do not remit
this
money out urgently it would be forfeited to the state.

The owner of this account is Mr. WILLIAM ELGA RICHARD, a foreigner and
a
miner settler at Kruger Oil Co., a geologist by profession. Who died
since
1990 and the state nationalized his company. No other person knows
about
this account or any thing concerning it. The account has no other
beneficiary also and my investigation proved as well that his company
does
not know anything about this account. The amount involved is (USD8.5M)
EIGHT
MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS ONLY

I am only contacting you as a foreigner because this money cannot be
approved to a local resident here. To avoid the money being traced by
the
government, it should be remitted to a nominated foreign account with
an
insider like me as the contact point in the bank. This transaction is
100%
risk free and I assure you that as the chief account officer of this
bank
this transaction is absolutely risk free and its success is never in
doubt,
because all the necessary documents relating to this transaction is in
my
care. And all approvals concerning this money are to be done by me and
the
bank DIRECTOR IN CHARGE OF INTERNATIONAL FOREIGN REMITTANCE.

What I need from you now is your full bank details, to enable me
transfer
this money in to your account. I need your full co-operation to make
this
business work very well. It is my firm believes that you are capable
and
willing to handle such amount of money in strict confidence and trust
for
our mutual benefit because this opportunity may never come again in a
lifetime. I only need a reliable person in this business because I
don't
want to make any mistake; I need your strong assurance and trust. With
my
position now in the office the money can be transfer to any foreign
account,
which you can provide with assurance that this money will be intact
pending
my physical arrival in your country. I will destroy all documents of
transaction immediately we receive this money leaving no trace to any
place.

At the conclusion of this business, you will be given 25% of the total
amount, 65% will be for me, and while 10% will be for expenses both
parties
might have incurred during the process of transferring. I look forward
to
your immediate reply through my email. Please reply immediately and
indicate
your interest to be part by enclosing your current phone/fax numbers
for
more confidential communication.

Thanks and Good luck,

Best Regards
KENNY TOMMY




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