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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: deborah williams <>
Date: Sat, 8 Jul 2006 09:18:23 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: GOOD DAY

Deborah Williams
Private email:
Hello Dear ,
My name is Deborah Williams, I am member of Independent
Committee of Eminent Persons (ICEP), London .ICEP is
charged with the responsibility of finding bank
accounts in Switzerland belonging to non-Swiss
indigenes, which have remained dormant since World War
II. It may interest you to know that in July of 1997,
the Swiss Banker's Association published a list of
dormant accounts originally opened by non-Swiss
citizens. These accounts had been dormant since the
end of World War II (May 9, 1945). Most belonged to
Holocaust victims.
The continuing efforts of the Independent Committee of
Eminent Persons(ICEP) have since resulted in the
discovery of additional dormant accounts -54,000 in
December, 1999. The published lists contain all types
of dormant accounts, including interest-bearing
savings accounts,securities accounts, safe deposit
boxes, custody accounts, and non-interest-bearing
transaction accounts.Numbered accounts are also
included. Interest is paid on accounts that were
interest bearing when established. The Claims
Resolution Tribunal (CRT) handles processing of all
claims on accounts due non-Swiss citizens. A dormant
account of (Hami BRUCE) with a credit balance of
4.5,000,000 US dollar plus accumulated interest was
discovered by me. The beneficiary was murdered during
the holocaust era, leaving no WILL and no possible
records for trace of heirs.
The Claims Resolution Tribunal has been mandated to
report all unclaimed funds for permanent closure of
accounts and transfer of existing credit balance into
the treasury of Switzerland government as provided by
the law for management of assets of deceased
beneficiaries who died intestate living no wills).
Being a top executive at ICEP, I have all secret
details and necessary contacts for claim of the funds
without any hitch. The funds will be banked in
Holland, London or Spain,canada being a safe place for funds and
we can share the funds and use in investment of our
choice. Due to the sensitive nature of my job and
a foreigner to HELP claim the funds. All that is
required is for you to provide me with your details
for processing of the necessary legal and
administrative claim documents for transfer of the
funds to you.
Kindly provide me with your full name,For the fund to be transferred to a
secure, finance company in London,canada or Spain, of which
you will be capable of accessing the funds gradually
and transferring to your country and other banks of
your choice in the world. My share will be 60 percent
and your share is 40 per cent of the total amount.
You can find additional information about unclaimed
funds through the internet at the following websites:
<> <> <> <> <>
The Holocaust Claims Processing Office has put funds
in Escrow awaiting submission of valid claims for
necessary disbursement, I find myself privileged to
have this information and this may be a great
opportunity for a life time of success without risks.

Thanking you in anticipation for your prompt response.
Deborah Williams

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