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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: The Office Of Auditor <>
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2005 17:33:46 +0100
Subject: Auditor HBT(urgent)

From The Office Of Auditor:
Mr. TODORI Nikola
Halk Bank Of Turkey.

I am Mr Todori Nikola, auditor of the Halk Bank Turkey, I have urgent and very confidential business proposition for you.

I am the Auditing officer to Mr Silva Rafael(deceased) From Dominican Republic, one of our foreign customers. While he banked with us,I oversaw his accounts and other official financial obligations as my office demanded being his auditor.Unfortunately, he died along with his entire family ( His wife and the only Daulther in a car accident along Istanbul bridge on 24 October, 2000.

On further investigation, I found out that he died without making a WILL, and all attempts to trace his next of kin was fruitless. I therefore made further investigation and discovered that Mr. Silva Rafael did not declare any kin or relations in all his official documents, including his Bank Deposit paperwork in my Bank. This sum of US$16,000,000.00 is still sitting in my Bank and the interest is being rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each year. No one will ever come forward to claim it.

According to Turkish banking laws, at the expiration of 5(five) years, the money will revert to the ownership of the Turkish Government if nobody applies to claim the fund. I 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.

Consequently, my request is that, I will like you as a foreigner to stand in as the next of kin to Mr. Silva Rafael so that the fruits of this old man labour will not get into the hands of some political government officials.


I will like you to provide immediately your full names and address, so that the attorney will prepare the necessary documents and affidavits that will put you in place as the next of kin. We shall employ the services of our bank attorney for drafting and notarization of the WILL and to obtain the necessary documents and letter of probate/administration in your favor base on the informations you shall acquired from me as the insider. Having made a very frantic and exhaustive search for any family member that would lay claim to this fund, I decided to take my chance with you.I now seek your permission to have you stand as next of kin to the deceased as I have all documentations including his Certified Death Certificate/International passport copies, his private account details that will facilitate your stand as next of kin to his as he had a closing balanced of US$16,000,000.00 here in our bank in Besiktas Istanbul Turkey.

Please acknowledge receipt of this message in acceptance of our mutual business endeavor by furnishing me with the following;

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

These requirements will enable me make some internal re-adjustments and file your name in form A2, T12 and other vital forms as next of kin.


You will have to open an account in your name or company's name pending on what you are comfortable with in one of our branches in Euro, America and Asia OR elsewhere in the World pending on where our branches are located in your country of residence. You will provide the account details then facilitate the transfer of this fund to you as the beneficiary/next of kin. The fund will be paid into your account for us to share in the ratio of 50% for me and 50% for you.

You can link our branch in Europe on:
14, Rue De Ginisti,75001 Paris.
Tel/Fax:+33 (8) 2118 8105,
Contact Person; Mrs Lillian Hugo or

You can link our branch in American on:
777 South Figueroa St., Suite 3000, Los Angeles CA
90017, U.S.A
Tel/Fax: +1(208)728 9457,
Contact Person; Mr Jones Collman
E-mail: or E-mail:

You can link our branch in Asia on:
380 Nathan Road Kowloon,Hong Kong
Tel/Fax:+852 301 07157, E-mail:
Contact Person; Mr Lieu Ching or

There is no risk at all as all the paperwork for this transaction will be done by our bank legal
representative and my position as the auditor of the bank guarantees the successful execution of this transaction. If you are interested, please reply immediately via the private email address below.

Upon your response, I shall then provide you with more details and relevant documents that will help you understand the transaction with a Text Of Application to my bank as the next of kins to Mr Silva. Please send me your confidential telephone and fax numbers for easy
communication. Please observe utmost confidentiality, rest assured that this transaction would be most profitable for both of us because I shall require your assistance to invest my share in your country pending my resignation from service.

Please send your reply to my private email address: above for confidential reasons or you can also reach me on my office email

Thanks and regards.
Mr.TODORI Nikola
Auditor Halk Bank
Office Email;
Private Email;

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