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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: martin isaac <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2007 23:05:06 +0200

From The Office of The Director ofInternational Relation,Access Bank Plc22 Marina Street,MarinaLagos-Nigeria


Please permit me to introduce my humble self to you. I am Mr.Martin Isaac the Director of International Relation with Access Bank of Nigeria Limited. I 'm 47yrs old and I got your email address on the Chambers of Commerce address list and my confidence reposed on you to contact you. I hope you read this message Carefully and reply me immediately,although we have not met before but I suggest that this transaction will bring ustogether. My dear, we have a customer from your country but base here in Nigeria since over a decade now, his name is Mr. Hamilton Creek from Atlanta Georgia United State of America but reside here with his wife and his two children. Mr. Hamilton Has being banking with our bank for the past 4yrs some time October 2002. On 12th of August 2003 Mr. Hamilton was on his way to his house and unfortunately he ran into a Trailer truck load of Groundnut Oil and died immediately. Their car got burnt and Mr.Hamilton Creek and His entire family was confirmed died which no single soul was saved.
The Board of Directors and the Management of Access Bank has mandated and Instructed me to look for Mr. Hamilton Creek relatives/his Next of Kin to come and claim Mr.Hamilton's Fund. Since August 2003 till date I have been looking for Mr. Hamilton Creek Relatives/Next of Kin to come and claim Mr.Hamilton's Fund which he Deposited with our bank. I have made a frantic effort to contact the American Embassy and after 3days the Ambassador told me that Mr. Hamilton Creek has no relation and no next of Kin.The Ambassador also told me that Mr. Hamilton used his first son as His next of kin but it is quite unfortunate that Mr.Hamilton Creek died with all his family members.

The reason why I contacted you is this, Mr. Hamilton is dead and his only son whom supposed to inherit his properties and money also died With him.As at this moment, nobody or person[s] is coming to claim this Money from our bank. The board directors and management of our bank has told me that if nobody or person[s] apply for the claim of Mr. Hamilton's Fund, the bank will decleared Mr.Hamilton's Fund as unclaimed and it will send into the Federal Government of Nigeria Reserve Account, In order to avert this, I want you to stand as the Relation/relative of Late Mr. Hamilton Creek and to act as the Hamilton's relative so that late Mr. Hamilton Creek money which he deposited with our bank will be release to you. It might interest you to know that Mr. Hamilton has a Domiciliary Bank Account with our Bank and he has a total sum of US$52Million (Fifty two Million United States Dollars) and it is the exact amount which late Mr. Hamilton Creek has in his domiciliary Account and this money is still in his account as unclaimed money.

This transaction is very easy and simple and it is 100% risk free. I'm the Director of International Relations with Access Bank of Nigeria Limited and the management/Board of Directors of the Bank are waiting for me to present to them the Relation or next of Kin to late Mr. Hamilton Creek,which I told them that I am still searching the next of kin to the deceased. Finally, if you are interested with this transaction, I will present you to the bank as the only next of kin to late Mr, Hamilton Creekand I will let the bank to know that you are the only right person to inherit Late Mr. Hamilton Funds and properties, and his Money US$52M(fIifty two Million United States Dollars) will be transferred into Your Own Account as late Mr. Hamilton Creek next of kin.Please if you are interested, Just email me on my direct private and secured Email Address for immediate commencement so that late Mr. Hamilton Funds will be credited Into your Account and all his Properties will be released to you either Through Courier Services or the Bank will Cargo all his properties to You in any were you want it. So reply me immediately and let me know what your decision and also feel free to ask any questions.Meanwhile we will share Late Mr. Hamilton Creek Funds 50-50 which you will take 50% of the US$52M. which is amounting to US$26M,(Twenty Six Million United States Dollars, while the Balance of the same amount will be mine.I will be waiting for your Immediate response,Thanks and have a nice day.
Friendly Regards,
Mr.Martin Isaac.

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