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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: "Mr. David Don" <roth.johnson@roc-essex.com>
Reply-To: kelvin_brown_6@msn.com
Date: Fri, 4 Dec 2009 06:07:48 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re:urgent reply???......


Re:urgent reply???......
 

Dear,
 
I apologize to explain to you in details, I am a chief Auditor in one of the banks here in London and on an inspection i discovered account of an INDUSTRIALIST which has been dormant with a total sum of £25,000.000.00 GBP [Twenty Five Million British Pounds].The owner of this dormant account is a foreigner by name "Ed Swingle" who died on 4th Jan 2002. in a plane crash in Birmingham; you can view this CNN or BBC website for his true details.http://edition.cnn.com/2002/WORLD/europe/01/04/england.plane/ Since the death of this deceased, nobody has operated in this account till date. Moreover, this account has NO BENEFICIARY attached to it.Definitely, this fund will be confiscated by the BANKING CODE OF ETHICS if it remains dormant for period of [8] years without any claims.In this regard, I earnestly need your full cooperation in transferring this dormant fund out of the bank to avoid confiscating this fund. First, I want to let you know that the bank
will approve this money to any foreigner with legal claims which i will be providing to you and this fund can be transferred to any valid foreign account you will nominate, upon a successful transfer without any disappointment from your side; I will then fly to meet you in your home destination for sharing,30% for you and 50% for me, 15% for charity and remaining 5% will be for any expenses we must have encored during the processing of transferring this funds and thereafter we jointly make some magnitude investments.
 
 
Since the death of this deceased, nobody has operated in this account till date. Moreover, this account has NO BENEFICIARY attached to it.Definitely, this fund will be confiscated by the BANKING CODE OF ETHICS if it remains dormant for period of
[8] years without any claims.In this regard, I earnestly need your full cooperation in transferring this dormant fund out of the bank to avoid confiscating this fund. First, I want to let you know that the bank will approve this money to any  foreigner with legal claims which i will be providing to you and this fund can be transferred to any valid foreign account you will nominate, upon a successful transfer without any disappointment from your side; I will then fly to meet you in your home destination for sharing,30% for you and 50% for me, 15% for charity and remaining 5% will be for any expenses we must have encored during the processing of transferring this funds and thereafter we jointly make some magnitude investments.
 
If you are willing to cooperate in this project, Contact me for more details.
 
1) YOUR FULL NAMES
2) YOUR CONTACT ADDRESS
3) YOUR TELEPHONE AND MOBILE NUMBER(S) WORK AND HOME
4) YOUR AGE
5) YOUR OCCUPATION
6) YOUR BANK NAME...................
7)ADDRESS OF BANK........................
8)A/C HOLDER NAME.................
9)A/C NUMBER.........................
10) SWIFT CODE NO....................
 
I look forward to a favorable response from you.
 
Yours truly,
David Don.

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