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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: "Mark Boland" <>
Date: Fri, 19 May 2006 15:45:23 -0500

101 Moorgate
London, EC2M 6SB

Dear Friend,

I am Mr. Mark Boland, Manager of ABN AMRO BANK 101 Moorgate, London,
EC2M 6SB.I have an urgent and very confidential business proposition for you. On
July 20, 2001; Mr. Zemenu Gente, a National of France, who used to be a
private contractor with the Shell Petroleum Development Company in Saudi
Arabia. Mr. Zemenu Gente Made a Numbered time (Fixed deposit)
for 36 calendar months, valued at GBP£30, 000,000.00 (Thirty Million
Pounds only) in my Branch.

Upon maturity in 2004, I sent a routine notification to his forwarding
address but got no reply. After a month, we sent a reminder and finally
we discovered from his contract employers, Shell Petroleum Development
Company in Saudi Arabia that Mr. Zemenu Gente, his wife with their
three children were involved in an auto crash, all occupants of the
vehicle unfortunately lost their lives during one of his trips to his country

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. Zemenu Gente did not declare any
next of kin or Relations in all his official documents, including his Bank
Deposit paperwork in my Bank. The sum of GBP£30,000,000.00 have been floating
as unclaimed since 2001 in my bank as all efforts to get his relatives
have hit the stones. According to the British law at the expiration of 5 (FIVE)
years, the money will revert to the ownership of the British Government if
nobody applies to claim the fund and the FIVE years is the end of JUNE 2006.

Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 2
years now, I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin / Will
Beneficiary to the deceased so that the proceeds of this account valued at
GBP£30,000,000.00 can be transferred/paid to you.This will be disbursed
or shared in these percentages, 60% to me and 40% to you.
I have all necessary legal documents that can be used to back up any
claim we may make. All I require is your honest Co-operation, Confidentiality
and A trust to enable us sees this transaction through. I guarantee you that
this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you
from any breach of the law. Please get in touch with me urgently by and
Provide me with the following;

1. Full Name
2. Your Telephone Number and Fax Number
3. Your Contact Address.

Your urgent response will be highly anticipated and appreciated.

Best regards,

Mr. Mark Boland

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