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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: "SIR.ROLAND BRIANS" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 9 Jun 2009 11:40:52 +0100

Good Day,
Sorry about the manner this about my email meets you as we have not ment before,I
am Sir Roland Brians,I am a Banker, i work with Halifax Bank(U.K),
There is the sum of 12,000,000.00(Twelve  Million British
Pound) in my Bank "Halifax Bank(United Kingdom).There were no beneficiaries
stated for this funds which means no one would ever come forward to
claim it.
This is why i want us to work together to transfered my Bank into your Bank A/C
or any other account of your chioce.Once the funds have been transferred to
your Nominated Bank Account we shallthen share in the ratio of 50% for me, 50%
for you. I want you to understandthat i have spent alot in this transaction.
I want us to enjoy this money in peace when we conclude. So you should listen
to my instructions and follow them religiously. Also you have to know that I
cannot transfer this money in my name as my bank will be aware that it is
from me, this is where I need you. As result of this, you will have to open
an account in the corresponding bank.
I will obtain a certificate of deposit from this my bank, it will be issued
in your name, and this will make you the bonified owner of the funds. After
this, the money will be banked online for both of us. We can then instruct
the bank to transfer our various shares into our respective home bank
Below is my contact details send me an e-mail or give me a call for more,
Sir Roland Brians.
mobile: +44-703-596-6754

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