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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: "Helmut Schimanski" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 21 Jun 2012 03:41:40 -0500
Subject: Act Accordingly without delay



Attention: Beneficiar,


We have pleaded to the paying Bank to accept install mental payment on your behalf, to enable our
beneficiaries receive their payment that we may reconcile with all countries of the world. Install mental
payment, means in batches, so that once the first installment payment gets into your account, you can then
withdraw from your account to use money there to facilitate the transfer of the balance. It is very good we
heard from you because many people under so many disguises have attempted to divert this fund of yours to
their personal account, some claimed you instructed them to take this fund on your behalf and, some
claimed that you are dead and they are standing as your next of kin.

MY LITTLE ENCOURAGEMENT: Anyway, all these delays and challenges you've gone through in efforts to
get your fund, which is what legally belongs toyou is meant to teach you one thing: “nothing good comes
easy in life and consistency still remains the only options for champions. I can tell you this. Be encouraged.
You might have gone through pains, but do note that we gain through pains and victory is born out of
struggle. I urge you to be persistence because consistency means stubbornness with a definite sense of
purpose Below are your advantages for the install mental payment procedure:

(A) Your identity will not be exposed to the internet world your Bank details will be highly protected because
the installment transfer will seem like normal -daily Bank to Bank transaction within your country.

(B) The transfer will not be subject to security Verification; meaning that no checking or inspection on the
transfer, as a result of money Laundry laws or 9/11 incidence.

(C) If by any chance the transfer is question by the local Authority you shall be FREE from blames of
breaking the laws for all problems will be linked to us through the affiliate Bank.

WHAT IS INSTALLMENT PAYMENT: : (Shot analysis of installments payment).

(1) Somehow, for instance if your entire sum is $10M, and you are required to pay $2,700, (two thousand
seven hundred USD) to get your entire sum of $10M at once. We all know that 50% of $2700 is $1,350, you
will get $5million and $900 can get you $2.5M, AND finally $350 can get you $1m Suggestions:

A) $2,700 for $10M

B) 50% of $2700 is equal to = $1.350, which can handle $5M

C) $900 Can get you $2.5M

D) $350 for $1m

Once the first installment sum is successfully transferred, you can withdraw money from there to handle the
transfer of the rest.

NOTE: Write to tell us how much you have in hands so that we can calculate to tell how much you may
receive as first payments-by installments, Do not be shy to indicate the amount you have in hands (no
proper-amount is too small to trigger installments-payment base on our discussion with the paying Bank)
so that the first payment will move to your account for you to confirm the existence of the fund before your
proceed for the balance.

NOTE: "VERY IMPORTANT": {You need to send us your Complete-Bank details for wire of the first
installment, base on your above choice.

Do get back to me via this e-mail:

Respond at your earliest Convenience for us to proceed.

Congratulations in advance.

Yours truly,

Mr. Helmut Schimanski
Payment adviser TO MR. BAN KI-MOON

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