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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: tony moore <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2008 19:41:33 +0000

Mr. Tony Moore,# 8 Goodwin St London
N4 3HQ UKPhone: +44-703-593-1783Attn; Naturally, this letter will come to you as a surprise since we have not met. I am a personal account officer to Late Dr. George Brumley. So I contacted you to kindly assist me in the proposal below, which will be of mutual benefit to us both. Dr. George Brumley died with his family in July 19, 2003, by Plan Crash in Kenyan were he stay with his Family, and he has an account deposited with well known bank here in London and since his death nobody has done anything as regards the claiming of this money because he has no family members who are aware of the existence of the account nor the funds apart from me. The dormant account with holding balance of £43,000,000.00 (Forty Three Million British Pounds) which has not been operated for the past years, it is floating and if nothing is done to remitter out this fund urgently it will be fortified by the government. Being the account officer of the deceased, I was instructed by the Bank Management to trace the family relatives of the deceased so that the funds will be released to them, I made several efforts though the Kenyan High Commission to contact any of the deceased family relatives, but to no avail, and I have decided to contact you to act as the next of kin by assisting in repatriating the money in his account. The Bank has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin within the next 14 official working days or the account declared unserviceable and confiscated. This business is simple. All I require is your honesty and co-operation to enable us see this deal through. I guarantee that this is legitimate arrangement, from your response; I shall then provide you with more details that will help you to understand the transaction more, and be rest assured that this transaction would be most profitable for both of us and keep it confidential. I look forward to your urgent response, Best Regards,Mr. Tony Moore.

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