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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: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 11:09:00 +0100

*Dear Friend,

Sorry, if this business proposal comes to you as a surprise.

I am Mr Chris Anderson, Director of Fund Allocation department of Abbey
National Bank,Uk London branch. My office monitors and controls the affairs
of all banks and financial institutions in London concerned with foreign
claim payments.

I am the final signatory to any transfer or remittance of huge funds moving
within banks both on the local and international sphere, in line with
foreign claim settlement. I have before me list of funds, which could not be
transferred to some nominated accounts as these accounts have been
identified either as ghost accounts, unclaimed deposits and over-invoiced
funds, etc.

0n this note, I wish to have a deal with you as regards to an unpaid fund. I
have an unclaimed fund file before me and the data are correct and
un-tampered. It is my duty to turnover/recommend the transfer of these
surplus funds to the British Government Treasury and Reserve Accounts as
unclaimed deposits. But I have decided to remit one of the unclaimed funds
to you, if only both of us can have a deal/agreement and I am going to do
this legally without any legal liabilities to you or me now or in the

My conditions:
1. The sum of USD$10.8M only will be transfer into your account after the
proccessing of all relevant legal documents with your name as the bonafide
beneficiary,the transfer will be made by Draft or telegraphic transfer
(T/T), confirmable in 3 working days or via Diplomatic shipment where a
Security Company will deliver the total Fund to you physically. Then I will
meet with you, either in your country or any place of your choice, for
disbursement of the fund.

2. This deal must be kept secret forever, and all correspondences will be
strictly by email / telephone,for security purposes.

3. There should be no third parties in order to maintain maximum

If you AGREE with my conditions,l advise you to send the following:

A: Your Full name and address .....................
B: Your direct telephone numbers...................
C: Occupation.............
D. Country..................

And we shall commence the process without delay, as I will proceed to fix
your name on the Payment schedule instantly to meet the mandate.

For security purpose and confidentiality,kindly reply to my private email

I look forward to your kind response.


Mr Chris Anderson.
Director of Fund Allocation
Abbey National Bank,Uk London*

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