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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: "" <>
Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2006 18:41:00 +0200 (MEST)
Subject: Hello!

Good day!

Upon special auditing panel set-up by the board of director’s of Swiss Bankers Association to investigate all the dormant accounts in Swiss banks, Belonging to non-Swiss citizens and victims of the holocaust word war II whose relatives or next of kin has not yet file for it claim.

Being a top executive member of boards of trusty at the ICEP, a dormant account of one Eng. ACKERMANN ALFRED with a credit balance of 10,324,160,00US dollar plus accumulated interest was discovered by me. Further investigation proof that the beneficiary was murdered during the holocaust era, leaving no WILL and no possible records for trace of heirs. Due to the sensitive nature of my job, which attracted me to seek for a foreigner to HELP claim the funds as the next of kin or Business Partner! Get back to me for more details about the processing of the claims/transfer of the funds without any doubt or fear.

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A group was further set-up, The Claims Resolution Tribunal (CRT) who responsibility was net to handles processing of all claims on accounts for non-Swiss citizens with it disbursement security firm, ABN-AMRO ABNK LTD (AMSTERDAM) THE NETHERLANDS. In accordance with the tribunal European law. The group 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.

Await your prompt response!

Mr. Robert vicgotte
Member of the ICEP

Prueba el Nuevo Correo Terra; Seguro, r&aacute;pido, fiable.

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