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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: collins mark <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 23 Jun 2007 12:58:35 +0100
Subject: I NEED RESPONSE,Swissair which crashed into the Atlantic off

Dear Friend,

I am Mr Collins Mark, The Auditor General of Prime Trust Bond Asset Management Company London.I decided to contact you personally coupled with the fact that, so many miscreants have taken possession of the Internet to facilitate their nefarious deeds, thereby making it extremely difficult for genuine and legitimate business class persons to get attention and recognition.

There is no way for me to know whether I will be properly understood, but it is my duty to write and reach out to you.For I know that you are the owner and the beneficiary of the deposited funds according to our file. We receive and attend to foreign dignatories on fund management to invest in a unique blend of profitable business venture.

There is this immigrant (Mr Michael Gambone) who was a gas consultant here in UK, who happens to be one of our very good clients. He died with his wife(Mrs Deborah Gambone)on board the Swissair Flight 111 , which crashed into the Atlantic off Nova Scotia in september 2nd 1998.
The news of this crash was on the news which we have notified his relatives to no avail.See links below for more detail information:

Before his death, he was having a closing balance of $3.5Million(Three million five hundred thousand dollars only) in his bank account.

All attempts to trace his next of kin were fruitless.I feel to contact you the benefactor and heir apprent to the deposited fund. I will want you to send to me on your return email the following information.

1, Your full Name,
2, Your contact Address
3, Your private Mobile phone.
4, Your age and profession.

All information and documents to facilitates this claim will be giving to you.On conclusion of the transaction,you will open an account in my son,s name there in your country and deposit whatever we agreed shall be given to me.

Your Faithfully,
Mr Collins Mark.

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