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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 THOMAS <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2009 10:42:50 +0000

Dear,Greetings and Compliments,
My name is Mr. Dan Thomas I am the credit manager ofa Finance Bank herein UK. I am contacting you for a business transfer, ofa huge sum of moneyfrom a deceased account operator. Though, I knew thata transaction ofthis magnitude will make any one apprehensive andoverwhelmed, but I amassuring you that everything has been taken care of,and all will be wellif you are really honest with me.
I decided to contact you due to the urgency of thisBUSINESS PROPOSAL; Iam the account officer of a foreigner named CarolynClemetson and herhusband David Clemetson who died in an air crash alongwith his wife onthe January 31 in an Alaska airline Flight 261 withother passengers onboard. his death, none of his next-of-kin is alive tomake claims for thismoney as his heir, because they all died in the samecrash: himself andhis wife (May their soul rest in peace). We cannotrelease the fund fromhis account unless someone applies for claim as thenext-of-kin to thedeceased as indicated in our banking guidelines. Uponthis discovery, Inow seek your permission to have you stand as a nextof kin to thedeceased, as all legal documents will be carefullyworked out by me forthe funds (USD$38,600,000) to be released in yourfavor as the beneficiarynext of kin .Of course after six years, the money willbe called back tothe bank treasury as unclaimed bills and sharedamongst the directors ofthe bank.
Thus, it is on this note I decided to solicit whom hisname shall be usedas the next of kin/beneficiary to this fund ratherthan allow the bankdirectors share this money amongst themselves at theend of the year. Itmay interest you to know that we have secured from thePROBATE REGISTRY anorder of mandamus to locate any of the deceasednext-of-kin orbeneficiary. Please acknowledge the receipt of thisPROPOSAL in acceptanceof our mutual business endeavor/benefits by respondingvery urgently assoon as you received this message; that wemay know what steps to take next towards achieving ourtargets.
For our personal efforts and mutual trust on eachother, I shall becompensating you with 30% of the total sum on finalconclusion of thisundertaking in appreciation of your assistance. And 5%of it will also beused to settle all our individually incurred expensesin the course ofbringing the transaction to a successful conclusion;while the balance of 65% shall be mine for investment purposes.
I intend to retire after the conclusion of thistransaction. However, ifthis proposal is acceptable by you, please, contact mewithout delay do not misuse or take undue advantage of the trust Ihave bestowed on you. Thanks for your anticipated response .Provide me also with your full names and telephone numbers for effective communication
Yours faithfully,Mr. Dan Thomas+447024029074

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