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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: "Martin Williams" <>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2006 14:11:41 +0000
Subject: Email Your Response

M.J.W King,
Auditor general,
HSBC Bank plc
8 Canada Square
London E14 5HQ

Dear Friend,

My name is M.J.W King,Auditor general of HSBC group,HSBC BANK LONDON.My
contact is to indulge in a sincere and confidential business proposition
with you.

On february 23rd 1999,an irish consultant/contractor with the british
ministry of state,department of trade and industry,Mr WALTER DUFF made a
(fixed) deposit for twelve (12) calender months,valued at £2,100,000.00 (Two
million,one hundred thousand british pounds only) in HSBC BANK.

Upon maturity,a routine notification was sent to his forwarding address to
no avail.Attempts were made to contact him without responses.After a
month,another reminder was sent to him and fortunately he was discovered
from his contract employers,the british ministry of agriculture that MR
WALTER DUFF died after a profounded illness on cancer.On further indebt
investigation,I discovered that he had died without notifying anybody not
even his relatives about his deposit in my bank.This sum of £2.1M B.P is
still sitting in my bank and interest is being rolled over with the
principal sum at the end of each year.No one will ever come forward to lay
claim on it as it stands.According to the banking laws,under the british
constitution,at the expiration of six (6) years,such funds will be
reverted to the government for financing military operations and defence

Against this backdrop,I am suggesting to you stand in as the next of kin to
Late MR WALTER DUFF.The money will be paid into your account and after which
we shall share in the ratio 70% for me and 30% for you on your
assistance.There is absolutely no risk involved at all as all paper
works for this urgent transaction will be done by the attorney and with my
position as the auditor general,guarantees the successful execution and
urgent completion of this transaction.

Your fair consideration is required urgently to quickly implement this swift
transfer process.Upon your positive response,i shall provide you with more
details and this surely will make you understand this transaction as it

You should observe utmost confidentiality, and be 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 if that wouldnt
be asking for too much from you.

Please contact me by return email<> as promptly as

Thanks and regards.
M.J.W King.


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