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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: "Dr. Marcel Smith" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2009 20:24:52 +0000

>From The Desk of Dr.
Marcel Smith.

Manager of Bill and

Bronx Finance Company

London – England UK .

I am Dr. Marcel Smith
the manager of bill and exchange at the foreign remittance department of my

In my department I
discovered an abandoned sum of £300,000.00 GBP (Three Hundred Thousand British
Pounds Sterling) with account number 37825693-9928 that belongs to one of our
foreign customers, who died along with his wife and two children in a plane crash
of Alaska Airlines flight number 261 (AF4590) which crashed on 31 July, 2000.
You shall read more about the crash on visiting bellow web

And thereafter send
your urgent response to this email Id.

The owner of this
account is Engr. Christian Eich, 57, an American and great industrialist and a
resident of Alaska . It is therefore upon this discovery that
I now decided to make this business proposal to you and for our bank to release
the money to you.

You have to follow
the instruction which I will be sending to you as the next of kin or
relation/Partner to the deceased customer for safety and subsequent
disbursement since nobody is coming for it and I don't want this money to go
into our bank treasury as unclaimed bill.

The banking law and
guidelines here stipulates that if such money remained unclaimed after some
years, the money will be transferred into the bank treasury as unclaimed fund.
The money has now stayed more than Seven years and I am preparing documentation
to prove that this money has been transferred into our bank treasury. It will
be between me and you only that will know that the money is not transferred
into our treasure.

I shall like you to
indicate your readiness and willingness to execute this with me so that I shall
give you more information regarding this transaction. I will not fail to bring
to your notice that this transaction is hitch-free and that you should not
entertain any atom of fear as all required arrangements have been made for the
transfer. You should contact me immediately as soon as you received this

Thank you while I am
trusting to hear from you immediately.

Yours faithfully,

Dr. Marcel Smith

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