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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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Fraud email example:

From: johnson williams <>
Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2007 03:33:45 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Urgent responds needed

I am Mr. Johnson Williams an accountant with ABBEY NATIONAL PLC.I am soliciting your assistance as regards a certain floating funds which is to the tune of Eighteen Million Euros (18,000,000.00 Euros) in this A/C 5005874BS1000 since 2000 after the death of the true owner of the funds Late Mr. Morris Thompson, an American who was a private business man and unfortunately lost his life in the plane crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261 which crashed on January 31st 2000, including his wife and only daughter. You can read more about the crash on visiting these sites below:
I just came across his file again while auditing all the credit accounts ABBEY NATIONAL operation I will give you the guide lines on how you can transact with the bank for the approval of the funds to your A/C. As soon as everything has been put in place for the transfer I will apply for an annual leave to obtain a visa to travel to your country for my share of the funds and the sharing of the funds is 55% for me, 40% for you and the remaining 5% will be for expenses incurred during the transaction .
As soon as the transaction is over, I will secretly destroy all documents that will lead to the trace of this transfer and go back to my country as I have worked all my life in England . As soon as I receive your reply through email, I will advise you on how to go about the transaction as well as to send you an agreement letter that will bind the both of us together in case of in case of any future misunderstanding when sharing the funds. I await your soonest response.
Please send your reply

Abbey National plc.
Registered Office: Abbey National House, 2 Triton Square , Regent's Place
London, NW1 3AN , United Kingdom.

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