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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: Mon, 2 Feb 2009 06:40:06 +0000
Subject: From: Mr Tony Moore,

From: Mr Tony Moore,Address: #33 Highbury CrescentLondon N5 1RX UK Phone #: +44 703 593 1783
I am Mr Tony Moore, the Executive Auditor and head of computing department of a bank here in United Kingdom. This email is strictly confidential and is for your attention only. I am making this venture proposal to you, as a reliable partner. I got your e-mail address through my search for a reliable person/company in your country, who can be capable to do this transaction with me. I wish to transfer a huge amount of Forty Three Million pounds sterling (43,000,000.00). Which belongs to Late Dr. George Brumley, the Director and owner of petrochemical service in Kenya? Who died with his family in July 19, 2003, by Plane Crash in Kenyan, without no a will.
Through my investigation, I found out that no body knows about this account. And i am his personal account manager; I have with me all the files concerning this fund. However, if you can be honest, I will need your assistance by providing a preferable empty bank account of yours, where the fund will be transferred. After this transaction must have been achieved, you will be given 35% of the total amount of the money, while 55% will be my share of the total amount and 10% incase of any expenses. And I want you to understand that this transaction is 100% risky free. I need a strong assurance from you that you will not let me down hence the money is transferred into your account. Moreover, I will be in your country immediately the fund is transferred into your account for the withdrawing and sharing of the money in your subscribed bank, and other investment.
Kindly reply me explaining your interest to be part of this business. Regards, Mr Tony Moore.

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