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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: (sent from abused email account)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2008 01:49:36 +0000
Subject: Business Proposal

Business Proposal#31 Council of Churches P O Box 62098 Marshalltown 2107 United Kingdom
How are you today? Hope all is well with you and your family,I know that this message will come to you as a surprise as we don't know ourselves before,But be sure that it is real and genuine business. Though, this medium (Internet) has been greatly abused, I choose to reach you through it because it still remains the fastest medium of communication. However, this correspondence is unofficial and private.
In one of our periodic auditing I discovered a dormant accounts with holding balance of £22,759,000.00(TWENTY TWO MILLION SEVEN HUNDRED AND FIFTY NINE THOUSAND BRITISH POUNDS STERLING) which has not been operated for the past three years now. From my investigations and confirmations, the owner of this account, is a foreigner by:Name Thomas Edward Galvin A senior vice president and corporate bond broker,Cantor Fitzgerald, is a United State Of America, New York,N.Y.citizen who transpired around 11th September 2002, Four days later,information started to trickle in,that he was among victims of the 9/11 World Trade Center attack.You can view this site for confirmation.
( and since then nobody has done anything as regards the claiming of this money because he has no family members who are aware of the existence of neither the account nor the funds.
I have secretly discussed this matter with a top senior minister official of the federal ministry of finance here he proved to me as well that he was single as at the time of his entry into the United Kingdom.and we have agreed to find a reliable foreign partner to deal with us,he sald although due to his position he did not want to take active part but as soon as you follow my instructions everything will be successful because we will be working hand in hand with him.

The need to move out this money Urgently is because of what the Prime Minister Gordon Brown said that some of the money held in dormant accounts would be used to fund youth and community projects, you can confirm this in the website below.{ }
I WANT TO TRANSFER THIS MONEY INTO A SAFE FOREIGN ACCOUNT ABROAD BUT I DON'T KNOW ANY FOREIGNER WHOM I CAN TRUST,My contact is for you to please assist me to transfer the fund {£22,759,000.00} from a Cooperate Bank here in UK to an oversea account.Your assistance as a foreigner is necessary because the management of the bank will welcome any foreigner who has correct information to this account which I will give to you immediately,
At the conclusion of the transfer you will take 35%, 5% will be for any expenses both parties incurred in the process of this business and the remaining 60% will be for me,The details of the transaction and fund will be communicated to you when you indicate interest and willingness to assist in this business venture.If you are serious and willing to do this business,

kindly get back to me to verify your capability to handle this business:If you can not do this business, kindly discard or disregard the mail.You can reach me with my private

Thank you for your time and attention.Kind regards,Mr.Donald Smith

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