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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: "Mr. Eduwin Carter." <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2008 14:56:37 +0000
Subject: FROM: MR.Eduwin Carter.

FROM: MR.Eduwin Carter.Tel No: +44702 406 9251
Financial Expert/Oakhill House, 130 Tonbridge Road , Hildenborough, Tonbridge , Kent TN11 9DZ , United Kingdom .
I am MR.Eduwin Carter, The Auditor General of prime banks here London-England, during the course of our auditing, I discovered a floating fund in an account opened in the bank in 1993 and since 2000 nobody has operated on this account again.After going through some old files in the records I discovered that the owner of the account died without a [heir] hence the money is floating and if I do not remit this money out urgently it will beforfeited for nothing.

The owner of this account is Late Mr. Loannard H. Donny, a foreigner, a miner and an industrialist.He made millions of pounds before he died misteriously .Since 2000 no other person knows about this account or any thing concerning it. My investigation proved to me that the
account has no other beneficiary and that Late Mr.Loannard H. Donny until his death was the manager Donny Coy.(UK) We will start the first transfer with Six Million Pounds [£6,000,000.00] upon
successful transfer without any disappointment from your side, we shall re-apply for the payment of the remaining amount to your account.

The amount involved is (£106M Pounds Sterling) (ONE HUNDRED AND SIX MILLION BRITISH POUNDS STERLING ONLY). I want to transfer first £6,000.000 [Six Million Pounds Sterling] from this money into a safe foreigners account abroad before the rest, but I don't know any foreigner, Can I trust you on this?

I am revealing this to you believeing in God that you will never let me down in this business. Also send your private telephone number and fax number including the full details of the account to be used for the deposit. I need your strong assurance that you will never let me down in this business proposition. With my influence and the position of a bank official whom is working in our favour we can transfer this money to any foreigner's reliable account which you can provide with
assurance that this money will be intact pending our physical arrival in your country for sharing.
The bank official will destroy all documents of transaction immediately we receive this money leaving no trace to any place and to build confidence you can come immediately to discuss with me face
to face after which I will make this remittance in your presence and three of us will fly to your country at least two days ahead of the money going into the account.

I have every possibility & advantages for the proceeds of this account to be paid to you and then both of us can share the money, 55% to me and 45% to you.

I am waiting for your reply.

Best Regards,MR.Eduwin Carter.

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