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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: "Mr Hodkinson" <>
Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2007 00:14:55 +0200
Subject: From: Phil Hodkinson

From: Phil Hodkinson
Group Finance Director,Treasury & Insight.
HBOS United Kingdom.

Good day,

I am Mr. Phil Hodkinson, the Group Finance Director, Treasury & Insight HBOS
United Kingdom.
I personally discovered a dormant account with a total sum of $75,000,000.00
Account Auditing.

The owner of this dormant account died on 4th Jan 2002. Since the death of
the deceased, nobody has operated in this account till date. Moreover, this
account has NO BENEFICIARY attached to it.
Definitely, this fund will be confiscated by our BANKING CODE OF ETHICS if
it remains dormant for a period of [6] years without any claims.

In this regard, I earnestly need your full cooperation in transferring this
dormant fund out of our bank to avoid confiscating this fund. I will split
the transfer into two 2 stages for easy and smooth transfer.
First, I will transfer $5,000,000.00 to any valid foreign account you will
nominate, upon a successful transfer without any disappointment from your
side; I will then fly to meet you in your home destination for sharing,
thereafter we jointly transfer the remaining balance of $70,000,000.00 for
magnitude investments.

If you are willing to cooperate in this project, Call me for more details..


Yours truly,
Phil Hodkinson
Office: +44 702 407 7880
Mobile: +44 701 114 0040

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