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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: "Bob Richard" <>
Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2007 19:57:28 +0100
Subject: Opportunity

Hello friend,

Do accept my sincere apologies if my mail does not meet your personal
ethics. I introduce myself as Bob a former staff in the accounts management
Section of a well-known bank here in UK.

There is an account in our bank with holding balance of £15,000,000 (Fifteen
British Pounds) which has been dormant and last operated in the past 5
years. From my investigations and confirmations, the owner of this account
is a Foreigner by name Gerald Stone who died on the 4th of January 2002 in a
fatal Motor accident in Birmingham.

Since then nobody has done anything as regards the claiming of this money as
he has no family Member who is aware of the existence of neither the account
nor the funds. Information from the National Immigration also states that he
was single on entry into the UK

I have confidentially discussed this issue with some of the bank officials
and we have agreed to find a reliable foreign partner to deal with. We thus
propose to do business with you, standing in as the next of kin to the
deceased and have the funds released to you after due processes have been

This transaction is totally free of risk and troubles as the fund is
Legitimate and does not originate from drug, money laundry, terrorism or any
other Illegal act.

If you are interested, contact me on



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