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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:

Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2007 18:05:30 +0100
Subject: =?iso-8859-1?Q?Waiting=20for=20your=20urgent=20response=2E?=

14 Blythewood Square Glasgow G2 4AQ
United Kingdom

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am a staff of Natwest Bank London.I am writing
following an opportunity in my office that will be of
immense benefit to both of us.

In my department we discovered an abandoned sum of
£21.5million British Pounds Sterling in an account
that belongs to one of our foreign customers Late Mr.
Morris Thompson, an American residing at 61 Fairbanks,
Alaska who unfortunately lost his life in the plane
crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261 which crashed on
January 31 2000, including his wife and only daughter.
You shall read more about the crash on visiting this

I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin
/Will Beneficiary to the deceased so that this said
Funds can be paid to you. This will be disbursed or
shared in these percentages,50% to me and 50% to you.

Please, provide me with the following:

1. Full Name
2. Your Telephone Number
3. Your Contact Address
4. Your Age
5. Your Occupation

Waiting for your urgent response.

Best regards,
Tony Rinse.
Endeavour to reply back to my private email address:

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