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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: raymond cole <>
Date: Thu, 5 Jul 2007 11:34:05 +0100

Dear Friend, Contact me for more details via my e-mail ( with your reference.
The inspiration to contact you is simply divine providence,I am making this proposition because I have to seek the partnership of a resourceful person to help me realise this project.
I am Raymond Cole esq. a solicitor and investment consultant based in london,united kindom.I was attending a business luncheon in berlin,germany and I got introduced to the renowned german businessman and property mogul,Mr Andreas Schranner(of the blessed memory).
He engaged my services as attorney and investment consultant and my primary assignment was to spearhead his investment forays in the united kingdom.three months later I invited him to london and under my professional guidance and based on my advice he made a fixed deposit of $12,000,000,00 million dollars at a financial institution.
This deposit was for 48 month and upon maturity I made effort to contact my client ,I could not reach him or any member of his family.I was forced to travel to germany and there I got the tragic news that on july 25 2000, my client Mr Andreas Schranner,his wife maria,thier daughter eich and husband christian and their two children perished in the air france concorde newyork bound flight;please click here
I have made efforts to locate any member of his family with strong biological links to my late client without success.the search to find a close relation is one that has consumed time and resources.the insitution is asking me to either present a next of kin to late Andreas Schranner or forfiet the depsosit. my proposal is to package , present you as next of kin to late Andreas Schranner and process the fixed deposit and transfer custody to you for our mutual benefit.My capacity as solicitor/investment consultant to my late client gives me the discretion to package and transfer the deposit to you.
It will amount to injustice if i do not take this decisive step to secure this deposit,and invest it . The late Schranner was also a friend in addition to our business relationship.
I will wait for your reaction and response and then together we can jumpstart this project and nurture it to reality.

Your swift response is anticipated. You can contact me for more details via my e-mail( with your reference.

Yours faithfully, Raymond Cole NB: The fund is hitch free transaction
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