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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: "Liam Johnson" <>
Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2005 14:23:14 +0000
Subject: CLAIM..

Dear Sir/Madam,

Do accept my sincere apologies if my mail does not meet your personal
Ethics. I introduce myself as Liam a staff in the accounts management
Section of a well-known bank here in the United Kingdom.

One of our accounts with holding balance of £15,000,000 (Fifteen Million
British Pounds) has been dormant and last operated in the past 3 years. From
my investigations and confirmations, the owner of this account is a
Foreigner by name Gerald Stone died on the 4th of January 2002 on a plane
crash in Birmingham here in UK.

Since then nobody has done anything as regards the claiming of this money as
he has no family Member who is aware of the existence of either the account
nor the Funds.Information from the National Immigration also states that he
was single on entry into the UK.

I have confidentially discussed this issue with some of the bank officials
and we have agreed to find a reliable foreign partner to deal with. We thus
propose to do business with you, standing in as
the next of kin of these funds from the deceased and funds released to you
after due processes have been followed.

This transaction is totally free of risk and troubles as the fund is
Legitimate and does not originate from drug, money laundry, terrorismor any
other Illegal act. On your interest, let me hear from you.


This message contains confidential information and is intended onlyfor
Specified addressee. If you are not the named addressee you should not
disseminate, distribute or copy this e-mail. The sender
therefore does not accept Liability for any errors or omissions in the
contents of this message, which Arise as a result of e-mail transmission.
Please note that we reserve the Right to monitor and
read any emails sent and received under the Telecommunications (Lawful
Business Practice)(Interception of Communications)Regulations 2000.


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