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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: "" <>
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2007 01:49:31 +0200 (MEST)
Subject: From: Mr. Phil Swann

From: Mr. Phil Swann
Head Investigation Department,
Allied Irish Bank GB.

My Dear,


I am seeking for your co-operation to present you to my bank as the next of kin/will beneficiary to Dr. Shimon Adams, a Financial Economist, Energy Economics, Finance & Technology Economist and a member of the Editorial board of Energy Policy in Brighton, United States of American citizen who died on a plane crash on February 10 2007 with his wife and children also perished in the plane crash.

Before his death he was a senior researcher in SPRU's Sussex Energy Group and has a bank balance with my bank to the tune of TWENTY TWO MILLION BRITISH POUNDS STERLINGS which will be paid to you as his Next of Kin/Will Beneficiary.

For your information, I am the Head of Investigation Department with Allied Irish Bank GB London, England.

The board of directors of Allied Irish Bank GB which I am also a member mandated me to look for any known relation of Dr. Shimon Adams, since after his death.

However, all my efforts to trace members of his family has been fruitless , this is the main reason I am writing yo u to ask for your co-operation for us to claim this money because it will amount to injustice if I do not take this decisive step to secure this deposit and invest it, this is due to the fact that if nobody comes forward to claim the fund it will be forfeited to the Government, this is my reason for contacting you, so that you can assist me in making this transaction a reality.

All I need to do is to give you the approval as the Next of Kin/Will Beneficiary and the fund will be paid to you as the beneficiary. We are to share this money between ourselves and also donate 5% to charity organizations and 5% for any expenses we may incure.

If you are really interested in this offer you should contact me through this email address:

For detail of this transaction and procedures, please do forward to me

1) Your full name. (2) Phone, Fax and Mobile #. (3) Company name, Position and Contact Address. (4) Profession, Age and Marital Status

Note that I will commence immediately to secure all legal documents in your name that will proof that you are the Next of Kin/Will Beneficiary of the fund, on your acceptance to fully co-operate with me.

I await your urgent response to enable us jumpstart this project and nurture it to reality. reach me on my private E-mail address:

Yours Sincerely,

Mr. Phil Swann
Head Investigation Dept.
Allied Irish Bank GB.

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