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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: "IAN REED" <>
Date: Sat, 26 Aug 2006 07:05:25 +0000

From:Mr.Reed Ian(Malaysia)
Tel: +6-014-6469-356
Date: August 26,2006.


I am Reed Ian a British citizen and I am 54years of
age. I work with Union Bank Plc,which is an affiliated
bank of Union Bank London,and most reputable banks in
Asia.I am the accounting officer of
Mr. Alex secham who died on the recent bomb blast
which occurred in London on the 7th of July 2005.
I decided to contact you because you bear the same
last name with our client.

Mr.Alex secham who is our Client with Account Number
UNIB 101-720-4 has left the sum of Five Million five
hundred thousand ($5,500.000.00)for deposit, this
Amount is yet to be credited in his favour before he
died on the recent bomb blast in London.This is over a
year now that my late client died and every effort I
have made personally to get someone related to him to
claim his funds has been abortive as such I have
decided to get intouch with you so that we can work
this out and get the funds transfered to an account
you will nominate anywhere in the world.
I want you to open an account with my Bank so that I
can credit this amount to you while you shall receive
20% of the fund I will have 80%.
If you are interested in this transaction please fill
the form below and return
back to me to enable me open an account on your
The name of my bank and all relevant informations will
be given to you, when you contact me .

Treat with utmost confidentiality.
Yours sincerely,
Mr.Reed Ian.
Tel: +6-014-6469-356

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