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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Andrezzi Williams" <> (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 6 Dec 2004 10:19:07 -0800
Subject: Holocaust

My name is Andrezzi williams a member of Independent
Committee of Eminent Persons (ICEP), Switzerland. ICEP
is charged with the responsibility of finding bank
accounts in Switzerland belonging to non-Swiss
indigenes, which have remained dormant since World War
II It may interest you to know that In July of 1997,
the Swiss Banker's Association published a list of
dormant accounts originally opened by non-Swiss
citizens. These accounts had been dormant since the
end of World War II (May 9, 1945). Most belonged to
Holocaust victims.
The continuing efforts of the Independent Committee of
Eminent Persons (ICEP) have since resulted in the
discovery of additional dormant accounts - 54,000 in
December, 1999.
The published lists contain all types of dormant
accounts, including interest-bearing savings accounts,
securities accounts, safe deposit boxes, custody
accounts, and non-interest-bearing transaction
accounts. Numbered accounts are also included.
Interest is paid on accounts that were interest
bearing when established.
The Claims Resolution Tribunal (CRT) handles
processing of all claims on accounts due non-Swiss
citizens. A dormant account of ORDNER ADELE with a
credit balance of 35,000,000 US dollar plus
accumulated interest was discovered by me. The
beneficiary was murdered during the holocaust era,
leaving no WILL and no possible records for trace of
heirs. The Claims Resolution Tribunal has been
mandated to report all unclaimed funds for permanent
closure of accounts and transfer of existing credit
balance into the treasury of Switzerland government as
provided by the law for management of assets of
deceased beneficiaries who died interstate (living no
Being a top executive at ICEP, I have all secret
details and necessary contacts for claim of the funds
without any hitch. The funds will be banked in the
Cayman Island, being a tax free, safe haven for funds
and we can share the funds and use in investment of
our choice.
Due to the sensitive nature of my job, I need a
foreigner to HELP claim the funds. All that is
required is for you to provide me your details for
processing of the necessary legal, and administrative
claim documents for transfer of the funds to you.
Provide me with your full name, address, and
telephone/fax. I will pay all required fees to ensure
that the fund is transferred to a secure, numbered
account in your name in the Cayman Island, and you can
now start accessing the funds gradually and
transferring to your country and other banks of choice
in the world. My share will be 60 percent and your
share is 40 per cent of the total amount. THERE IS NO
You can find additional information about unclaimed
funds through the internet at the following websites:
The Holocaust Claims Processing Office has put funds
in Escrow awaiting submission of valid claims for
necessary disbursement.
I find myself priviledged to have this information and
this may be a great opportunity for a life time of
success without risks.
Thank you for your prompt response.
Due to security reasons, reply to my via email or on fax only at
(215) 623-1966!
(267) 434-7821!.
Thanks once more for co-operating,
Andrezzi williams

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