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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: Tue, 22 Jul 2008 13:44:14 GMT


This mail might come to you as a surprise and the temptation to ignore i=
t as
serious could come into your mind but please consider it with a divine w=
ish and
accept it with a deep sense of humility=2E Before proceeding=2C I wish t=
o introduce
myself to you=3B I am Todd Williams a staff of Natwest Bank plc London=2E=
I am the
head of the accounts department=2EI am pleased to get across to you for =
a very
urgent and profitable business proposal which I believe will profit the=
both of
us after completion=2E I contacted you after a careful thought that you =
might be
capable of handling this business transaction=2C which i explained below=

The sum of ( =A3 18=2C500=2C000=2E00 Million Pounds)=2C has been floatin=
g as unclaimed
since 2000 in my bank as all efforts to get across the relatives of our =
who deposited the money have hit the stones=2E There is this immigrant M=
Andreas schranner=2C property magnate who was based in the U=2EK=2E=2C w=
ho happens to
be one of our very good clients=2E On the 25Th of July 2000=2C Mr=2E And=
schranner=2C his wife Maria =2C their daughter Andr=E9a eich=2C her husb=
and Christian=2C
and their children katharina and maximilian all died in the air France c=
plane crash bound for New York in their plan for a world cruise=2E

All attempts to trace his next of kin were fruitless=2E My position here=
at my
office requires me to investigate and I therefore made further investiga=
and discovered that Mr=2E Andreas Schranner did not declare any next of =
kin or
relation in all his official documents=2C including his bank deposit pap=
erwork in
my bank=2EAccording to the British Law=2E The money will revert to the o=
wnership of
the British government if nobody applies to claim the fund=2E

To avoid this money being sent to the British treasury as unclaimed fund=
s=2C I
have decided to seek your assistance to have you stand as his next of ki=
n so
that the said fund ( =A3 18=2C500=2C000=2E00 million pounds)=2C would be=
released in your
name as the next of kin and paid into your account=2EAll documents and p=
roof that
will have you claim this fund will be forwarded to you without any stres=
your response to this mail more soon=2C i want to inform you that i have=

unanimously agreed to offer you ( =A37=2E2M ) of the total sum for the a=
and role you are going to play in this transaction=2C(=A32=2E8 M )will b=
e given to
charity organisations in your country with your supervision while the re=
will be for me=2E Please send your confidential telephone and fax number=
reply to this business transaction=2EEmail=3Awill=5Ftoddntb=40yahoo=2Eco=

Kind regards=2C

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