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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: =?iso-8859-1?q?Drjames=20Alberto?= <drjames.alberto11@yahoo.com.mx>
Reply-To: drjamesalberto12@sify.com
Date: Sat, 3 Jan 2009 11:24:08 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Good Day


¡Tengo nueva dirección de correo!Ahora puedes escribirme a: drjames.alberto11@yahoo.com.mx



- MY DEAR FRIEND,
This letter must come to you as a big surprise, but I believe it is only a day that people meet and become great friends and business partners.

My name is Dr. JAMES ALBERTO, the present branch Manager of a bank here in Benin Republic West Africa.
With due respect and regard.

I have decided to contact you on a business transaction that will be very beneficial to both of us at the end of the transaction.
During our investigation and auditing in our bank, my department came across a very huge sum of money belonging to a deceased person Mr. ANDREAS SCHRANNER a GERMAN great industrialist and a resident of Munich, who unfortunately lost his life along with his entire famillies in the plane crash of CONCORDE AIRLINE [Flight AF4590 ] which crashed on 25TH JULY, 2000.

You shall read more news about the crash on visiting this site :
(http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/859479.stm)Since then I have made several enquiries to locate any of his extended family relatives, but all efforts proved abortive.

I saw your contact from the business directory in our chamber of commerce, trade and tourism, I contact you to assist in repatriating the fund valued at US 25.5 million left behind before it gets confiscated or declared unclaimed by our Bank where this huge amount was deposited.
Our Bank has issued a notice to provide his next of kin and since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over five year , I seek the consent to present you as the next of kin to the deceased deposited sum in our Bank so that the proceeds of this account can be paid to you.
Therefore, on receipt of your positive response, we shall then discuss the sharing ratio and modalities for the transfer.

I have all necessary information and legal documents needed to back you up for the claim which I payed greatly to acquire.
All I require from you is your honest and full cooperation to enable us see this transaction through.

I guarantee that this attract no risk at all for it will be executed under legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law.
On the receipt of your response via the above email address, I will furnish you with a detailed clarification on this matter.

Please if you are ready to work with me i want you to indicat your interest by sending your full contact informations such as your personal phone number or office/fax,Your occupation and your country of origin.
Thanks and God bless You.
Dr JAMES ALBERTO.


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