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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: "" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 07:09:00 -0700


With respect to the above reference number,be inform you for the last time
that you have been listed as a beneficiary to a total sum of
£10,600,000.00GBP (Ten Million Six Hundred Thousand British Pounds) in the
codicil and last testament of the deceased.(Name now withheld since we have
sent several letters to you).Our contact to you is based on the legal fact
that you bear the same Last name identity with the deceased.

Legally you qualify and can receive this funds as the bonafide beneficiary
with your surname identity. All the legal papers will be processed to
facilitate the release of this money to you in accordance to our bank
inheritance policies.

In your acceptance of receipt of this money,we require you to send to us
immediately,your name as they are in your international passport,your
current mobile telephone number,your fax number(must be a confidentia fax)
and your contact address to enable us file necessary documents at any
probate court for the release of this sum of money.

Kindly contact me via my private details below so we can get this deal
started and concluded immediately.

Please send your details so we can in turn update you with your claim

Yours Faithfully,
Charles Allen
SNS Bank NV,
De Ruyterkd 6,
1013 AA-Amsterdam
The Netherlands.

Note:This message is strictly for the addressed email bearer.if you have
received in error kindly delete immediately and dis regard.We thank you for
your coperation.

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