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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: "Arthur Molloy" <>
Date: Sat, 01 Jul 2006 12:24:46 -0700

Mr Arthur Molloy
Ulster Bank Limited
Isle of Man.

Dear Friend,

I am Mr. Arthur Molloy the Bank Manager of Ulster Bank Limited, Isle of Man.
I have an urgent and very confidential business proposition for you. On
September 4, 2001; Mr. Trbalo Vicente , a National of France, who used to
be a private contractor with the Shell Petroleum Development Company in
Saudi Arabia. Mr. Trbalo Vicente 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. Trbalo Vicente And his wife with their three
children were involved in an auto crash, and all occupants of the vehicle
Lost their Life.

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. Trbalo Vicente 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 Isle of Man or 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 September 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 E-mail
and Provide me with the following;

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

Your urgent response will be highly anticipated and appreciated.

Best regards,

Mr. Arthur Molloy

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