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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: k vogel <karl11v40@hotmail.com>
Reply-To: <atkarlat0@excite.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2007 22:40:15 +0200
Subject: From :Mr. Vogel!!


>From :Mr. Vogel!!Attn,
RE: TRANSFER OF £46,000,000.00 MILLION TO YOUR ACCOUNT.
I feel quite safe dealing with you in this important business. Though,this medium
(Internet) has been greatly abused, I choose to reach you through it because it still
remains the fastest medium of communication,However, confidence.
At first I will like to assure you that this transaction is 100% risk and trouble free to
both parties. In order to transfer out £46,000.00 from our bank here in London. The fund
for transfer is of cleanorigin.

The owner of the fund is a foreigner a program leader who was believed to acquire the fund
through his secret Crude Oil deal with the Former UK government. The deceased was
assassinated in February 14, 2005. The amount involved is £46,000,000.00 I want to transfer
this money into your account as the foreign beneficiary of the fund. I know that this
letter will come to you as a surprise as we don't know ourselves before, BUT BE SURE THAT
IT IS REAL AND A GENUINE BUSINESS. I CONTACT YOU BELIEVING THAT YOU WILL NOT LET ME DOWN
ONCE THE FUND GOES INTO YOUR ACCOUNT. Vew more. http://www.hariri.info/
I am in close contact with the manager of the bank here who is my partner and he is willing
to approve the transfer to any reliable and trustworthy foreigner with foreign bank account
because the former operator of the a/c is a foreigner.

I am certainly sure that he has no written or oral WILL attached to the account ,no
beneficiary and nobody will come again for the claim of this money. It is only a foreigner
who can claim this money with legal claims to the account holder which I will provide to
you if you are interested, therefore I need your cooperation in this transaction. This
money will remain useless in this dormant account if I did not transfer the fund out to a
foreign account.


I will provide the necessary information and documents needed in order to claim this money.
I only need your cooperation as a foreigner to provide will ensure a smooth transfer of the
fund to the account which you are to nominate is already in place.

You should provide me with your correct account information for the transfer and your
direct cell phone lines for easy communication. I wish for utmost confidentiality in
handling this transaction.

At the successful transfer of the fund to your account, you will take 35% of the total
transfer sum,60% will be for me and my partner while 5% will be set aside for transfer
expenses both of us might incure during the transfer process.

Let me hear from you URGENTLY by Email here <aa_zz120@yahoo.ca>Best Regards,Mr. Karl Vogel.

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