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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. Hart Green" <>
Date: Tue, 23 Mar 2010 10:46:01 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: hello

11 Atherfiled Court, Borrodile Road,
London, sw14 2la
United Kingdom
Tel: +447024095789

Hello friend,

My name is Mr. Hart Green. I work in a bank here in
the United Kingdom. I decided to contact you due to the urgency of this transaction.


I am the account officer of a foreigner who died in an air crash along with his entire family in a forceful plane crash on Monday, 31 July,2000 @ 13:22gmt 14:22uk You can confirm this from the website below which was published on BBC


Since his death, none of his next-of-kin are alive to
make claims for this money as his heir, because they all died in the same accident, himself and his wife (May Their soul rest in peace). We cannot release the fund from his account unless someone applies for claim as the next-of-kin to the deceased as indicated in our Banking guidelines. Upon this discovery, I now seek your permission to have you stand as a next of kin to the deceased, as all documentations will be carefully worked out for the funds which amounts to (US$12,500,000. 00) to be released in your favor as the bonafide next of Kin to the deceased.

Please acknowledge receipt of this message in acceptance of our mutual business endeavor by furnishing me with the following information if you are interested.

1. Beneficiary full name/address.
2. Direct Telephone and fax numbers.

I shall be compensating you with US$4.5m on final conclusion of this Project for your assistance, while the balance US$8m shall be for me for investment Purposes.

If this proposal is acceptable by you, please endeavor to contact me
immediately .

I await your urgent response.


Mr. Hart Green.

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