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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: "stan clifford" <>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2008 04:53:24 +0100
Subject: URGENT(Reply Asap)

*Hello Friend,*

*I humbly crave your indulgence in sending you this mail,if the contents
does not meet with your personal and business ethics,I appologise in
advance. this is by virtue of its nature as being utterly"CONFIDENTIAL AND
Though I know that a transaction of this magnitude will make any one
apprehensive and worried, but I am assuring you that all will be well at the
end of the day.I have decided to contact you due to the urgency of this
transaction,as I have been reliable informed of your discreteness and
ability in transaction of this nature. Let me start first,introduce myself
properly to you.*

*I am Mr.Stan Clifford., of Dept of Bill and Exchange with Barclays Bank. I
need your consent to handle this transaction because it entails large
amount of funds($6.5 Million Dollars) deposited by a deceased customer in
our bank who died long time ago but has an open beneficiary mandate on his
file though,there has not been anyone from his family to make claim of this
funds but i am sure he has no immediate family because i have tried all i
could to contact them but to no avail.*

I wish to know if we can work together.I would like you to stand as next of
kin to my deceased client, who was among the people that lost their life in
Egypt air crash 1999 ,some years ago with the wife.
*He made some deposits to my bank,and died without any registered next of
kin and as such the funds now have an open beneficiary mandate.More over it
appears you are related to him by the virtue of your names.If you are
interested you do let me know so that I can give you comprehensive details
on what we are to do.
I urgently hope to get your response at my private e-mail box(*** <>*)
Best regards,
Mr.Stan Clifford.*


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