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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. PELL GORDON" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 26 May 2009 05:05:50 +0000
Subject: From: Dr. Pell Gordon

From: Dr. Pell Gordon
Private Tel: +447045736132

Good day!

How are you doing with your family? I Hope all is fine. Kindly pay attention
and understand my aim of communicating you today through this letter.

My name is Dr. Pell Gordon, Assistant Regional Managing Director, Natwest
Bank- East Anglia and Northern Home Counties London. I have decided to seek
a confidential co-operation with you in the execution of the deal described
here-under for our both mutual benefit and hope you will keep it a top secret
because of the nature of the business. During the course of our banking year
auditing, I discovered an unclaimed/abandoned fund, sum of $12,500, 000 USD
(Twelve Million, Five Hundred Thousand US Dollars) in an account that
belongs to one of our foreign customers (Late Mr. Morrison Thompson) an
American who unfortunately lost his life, in the plane crash of Alaska
Airlines Flight 261 which crashed on January 31st, 2000.

My choice of contacting you aroused from the geographical nature of where
you live, particularly due to the sensitivity nature of the transaction and
the confidentiality herein. Now our bank has been waiting for any of the
relatives to come-up for the claim but nobody has done that. I personally
has been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for 4 years now, I sincerely
seek your consent to present you as the next of kin / Will Beneficiary to
the deceased so that the proceeds of this account valued at $12.5 Million
Dollars can be paid to you, which we will disbursed or shared in these
percentages ratio, 60% to me and 40% to you.

All that I require now is your honest Co-operation, Confidentiality and
Trust to enable us sees this transaction through successfully. I assure you
that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect
you from any breach of the law both in your country and Here in London once the
fund is transferred to your bank account, upon your acceptance of this
offer, please proceed immediately and send to me without delay the following

-Your Full Name,
-Your Contact Address &
-Your Direct Mobile Telephone Number.

This will enable me to upload your information in our bank database to
reflect in the bank system immediately, that you are the next of kin/will
beneficiary of this fund and I will advise you on how to communicate with
the bank for onward transfer of the fund to you. Please note that we have
few days to carry out this transaction deal. Your kind urgent response will
be highly appreciated.

Thanking you in anticipation for your prompt response.

Best Regards,
Dr. Pell Gordon
Private Tel: +447045736132

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