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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: Sir.Richard Gozney <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2007 06:05:42 -0800
Subject: READ & REPLY.


Letter From Sir Richard, Read & Reply
With urgent attention!!!! In order to transfer out
(Fifteen-million pounds sterlings) (£15,000,000.00}
from our bank here in London. I have the courage to
look for a reliable and honest person who will be
capable of performing this transaction. I believe that
you will never let me down either now or in future.

I am Sir.Richard Gozney the Chief Executive Director
of a bank here in Scotland United Kingdom.There is an
account that was opened in this bank since, the
account has been inactive, due to the death of the
owner of the account. After going through some old
files in the records, I discovered that if the money
is not transfered immediately, it will be omitted.

The owner of this account was Mr John Hughes, a
foreigner from Australia and the manager of petro
chemical service, here in London, a chemical engineer
by profession. He has died since opening the
account.And since then nobody knew about this
account.The account has no other beneficiary and the
money involved is {£15,000,000.00} Fifteen Million
pounds sterlings. Kindly reply to me stating your
interest, and I shall give you the details and
necessary proceedure to make the transfer.

I await your response,

Thanks and God bless you.

Warmest regards,
Sir.Richard Gozney,
Executive Director,
Bank Of Scotland Plc.
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