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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:

Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2007 17:45:50 +0000
Subject: =?iso-8859-1?Q?Good=20News=20For=20You?=

Dear Sir,

I know that this is an unusual platform for us to be discussing this kind
of business but the situation has necessitated me to use this medium to
communicate you for now. But let me introduce myself to you. I am Mr, Lucky
Robert, the manager of bill and exchange at the foreign remittance department
of my Bank. In my department I discovered an abandoned sum of US$4.5M,(Four
Million, Five Hundred Thousand US Dollars) that belongs to one of our foreign
customers who died along with his wife and only daughter in a plane crash
of Alaska Airlines Flight number 261 which crashed on 31 January, 2000.
You can read more about the crash on visiting this site
The owner of this account is Mr. Morris Thompson an American and great
industrialist and a resident of Alaska.

It is therefore upon this discovery that I now decided to make this business
proposal to you and for our bank to release the money to you. You have to
follow the instruction which I will send to you as the next of kin or relation
to the deceased for safety and subsequent disbursement since nobody is coming
for it and I don't want this money to go into our bank treasury as unclaimed
bill. The banking law and guidelines here stipulates that if such money
remained unclaimed after 7 years, the money will be transferred into the
bank treasury as unclaimed fund. The money has now stayed more than 7 years
and I am preparing documentation to prove that this money has been transferred
to our bank treasury.

In appreciation of your assistance, I am offering you 30% of the total sum.
5% for contingencies (cost of transfer/other charges) likely to be incurred
during the course of transaction, while the remaining 65% is for me. Upon
receipt of your reply, I will send to you by fax or email the text of the
application, which you will complete, and forward to our bank asking for
this money to be paid to you as the next of kin to Mr. Morris Thomson. I
will not fail to bring to your notice that this transaction is hitch-free
and that you should not entertain any fear, as all required arrangements
have been made for the transfer.

You should contact me immediately you receive this mail for further directives
through, you can contact me with

Yours Faithfully,
Mr, Lucky Robert,

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