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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: Davis Harrison <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2008 06:03:39 +0000
Subject: Business Transaction

Business Transaction

I am Davis Harrison, a legal practitioner and I work in a bank too, Abbey National Bank
PLC here in the UK. My purpose of contacting you is that I am looking for a reliable
partner to place as the next of kin/beneficiary to a dormant account that have not been
operated for years in this bank with a total sum of £39,000,000.00 Pounds Sterlings
which was owned by my client. Since my clients demise I have tried to locate his family
but with no positive result hence I came across your name which you have the same
surname with him. Although he did not fill in the form here any beneficiary to his
account nor "WILL" to the account. I am contacting you to place you as the next of kin/beneficiary to the deceased based
on your surname and his was the same and I will provide to you the necessary claiming
documents the bank will require from you in other to claim this fund including the
details information of the account in my next mail. I will inform you on what to do if you are going to assure me that you will not betray
me and my family with this funds in your possession so as to enable me to start the
paper works immediately without further delay.

I have a family of four, myself, my wife Claudia, Hailey and Brooke.

Please keep this business within your self for security and safe reasons. Thanks as I am in anticipation of your favourable response.


Davis Harrison.

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