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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. James Cook" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2009 11:23:47 +0200
Subject: PLS CALL MR.JAMES COOK+34 672 585 739

>From Mr. James Cook

How are you today and your family? I hope all is good, kindly pay attention and understand my aim of
communicating you today through this letter, my name is Mr. James Cook , Regional Managing Director
Bank hear in Spain. 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 transaction, During the course of our bank year auditing,

I discovered an unclaimed/abandoned fund, sum total of US$12,500,000.00 (Twelve Million Five Hundred
Thousand United States Dollars Only) in an account that belongs to one of our foreign customers who lost
his life and family,In Madrid tarin bombing.

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 any of 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 {US$12,500,000.00} can be paid to you, which we will share in these percentages ratio,
60% to me and 40% to you.

All that I require from you is your sincere co-operation; trust and utmost confidentiality to enable us conduct
this transaction successfully. I assured you that this transaction 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 consideration and acceptance of this
offer, please proceed immediately and send to me the following information.

1.Your Full Name,
2.Your Contact Address &
3.Your direct Mobile telephone Number.
4.Your Occupation and Age.

This information will enable me to upload your data into our bank database to reflect in the bank network
system that you are the named next of kin/will beneficiary of this fund and I will guide you on how to open
communication with the bank and make the claims for onward transfer of the fund to you, please note that
we have few days to carry out this deal, Your kind rapid response through my
personal will be highly appreciated.

Thanking you in anticipation for your response.

Mr. James Cook
Regional Managing Director,
Tel.+34 672 585 739

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