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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: iod bk <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 29 Jun 2007 12:53:01 +0200

GREETINGS FROM Mr.MARTIN F.BRUCE!!Address: 8 Mitchley Road London N17 9HGOccupation: Auditor.
Greetings.I feel quite safe dealing with you in this important business opportunity.Though,I choose to reach you through Internet because it still remains the fastest medium of communication.However,this correspondence is unofficial and private,and it should be treated as such.I am Auditor Martin F. Bruce, a United Kingdom Government Auditor and I work in the International operation department in a Bank here in UK. My purpose of contacting you is that I am looking for a Reliable partner to place as the next of kin to a dormant account that have not been operated for many years in my bank with a total sum of £26,000.000.00 (Twenty six million Pounds Sterling. and on further discreet investigation I also discovered that the account holder has long since passed away (dead)leaving no beneficiary or WILL to the account. He died without a [WILL] hence the money is floating and if I do not remit this money out urgently it will be forfeited for nothing.If i left the fund in the bank Government will claim it to treasury and nobody will benefit out of it. I have been his account officer until his death and nobody will ever come or ask about the fund. My bank does not know the status of the account owner and the account opening information does not indicate any next of kin.I am contacting you because of the need to involve a foreigner with a foreign account as a beneficiary.I want to assure you that the transaction is without risk if due process is followed accordingly. I am contacting you to place you as the next of kin to the deceased and I will provide to you the necessary claim documents the bank will require from you in other to claim this fund including the details information of the account in my next mail.I will start the first transfer with Six million Pounds £6,000.000] upon successful transaction without any disappoint from your side, we shall re-apply for the payment of the remaining rest amount to your account.I will inform you on what to do if you are going to assure me that you will not betray me and my family with this funds in your possession so as to enable meto start the paper works immediately without further delay.I have a family of four,My wife claudia and hailey, brooke. Please keep this business within yourself for security and safe reasons.Thanks as I'm in anticipation of your favourable response at: jyuvalpin09@excite.comHave a pleasant day.Sincerely,Mr.Martin F. Bruce.
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