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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: David Richards <>
Date: Sat, 6 Jan 2007 14:48:48 +0000 (GMT)

My Dear,
Thanks for your response to my email.I want to asure
you that this is not a scam as you are thinking.I have just
contacted you to do this transaction with me based on
the fact that your personality and is whorth counting
on and I beleive you will not run away with this money
when transfered to your account.
Late Mr. Kurt died several years ago, as a result of
the ill-fated ghastly auto crash that claimed his life
and the lives of other ones who boarded the bus. He
deposited this large sums of money in the bank before
he died, but he did not leave with the bank,
informations regarding his next of kin or who could be
the possible beneficiary of this money when he dies
although, he did not know that he will be a victim of
the autocrash.

In the last board meeting held in the bank with the
bank board of directors, his issue was raised and the
board agreed to consficate the money if no person came
to claim it after the period of five years. They also
instructed the bank attorney to prepare all the legal
papers that will necessitate the bank having this
money confisticated. On that note, I told them that I
must make sure I located the relatives of Mr Kurt
since i am the only person to say who the next of kin
will be because, i happen to be his personal banker
before he died. So they all agreed and gave me few
months to uncover the beneficiary of the fund before
they consificate it.

I have personally made a thorough search since that
time to locate the real relatives of Mr Kurt but all
my efforts failed. So this is adeal between you and I,
and i want to seek yourconsent to present your name to
the bank board ofDirectors as the next of kin to late
Mr Kurt and the money will be approved on your behalf.

I have decided to offer you 40% of the total sum when
transfered to your account for your assistance, 10%
will be kept for any expenses that may be incured in
this transaction, while i take 50%. Hope this is okay
by you.

Please note that this transaction is free from any
troubles as i will not want to involve myself in any
kind of trouble. What i just need from you is your
consent to proceed to the bank and present your name
as the sole beneficiary of this fund and the money
will be transfered to your account.When the transfer
is over, i will come to your country for disbursement.

Also note that we will higher the services of the
bank`s accredited attorney who will make sure the
transfer processes are carried out in the stipulated
banking laws of London U.K,and also in the
international money transfer laws, so that we will not
bridge any law. He will also make sure that the
transfer proceedings are carried out in its fastest
and speediest form. He will also go to the high court
and apply for the affidavits of claim on your bahalf,
and sign all the necessary documents both in the court
and in the bank in your favour.

So just give me the following informations for me to
fill them in the bank`s beneficiary database which
will automatically make you the legal beneficiary of
the fund.


With these informations, i will be able to feed them
in the beneficiary database of the bank and the money
will become yours. If you are fast enough, the
transfer process will commence immediately.
Please get back to me ASAP, as we may proceed.Please
be fast in your correspondences if we are to achieve
our aim in this transaction.We have a limted time to
carry out this transfer transaction.
Best Regards,
David Richards.

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