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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: "Harvey Domenic" <>
Date: Mon, 22 Mar 2010 01:03:31 -0900
Subject: Good day to you,

Good day to you,

Though i have not considered this medium to be the best manner to have
approached you on this issue being that the Internet has been greatly abused
over the recent years and is very unsecured for information of vital
importance. I have decided to take the chance seeing that no other means
could have been faster and more efficient than the E-mail.

I am Harvey Domenic, Staff of Standard Trust Bank. I am contacting you
concerning a deceased customer and an Investment he placed under our banks
management Six years ago to the tune of Fifty million United States dollars
($50, 000, 000, 00).I would respectfully request that you keep the contents
of this mail confidential and respect the integrity of the information you
come by as a result of this mail. I have been In charge of this department
for six years and to best of my knowledge, I have discharged my duty with

In the process of review of the financial report by my department, hence I
contacted you so that I can give you further briefing on my intention and
how to disburse the funds and estate he left behind.

My proposal;I am prepared to place you in a position to instruct the security
Firm to release the deposit to you as the closest surviving relation. Upon
receipt of the deposit, I am prepared to share the money with you in half.
That is: I will simply nominate you as the next of kin and have them release
the deposit to you. We share the proceeds 50/50.

I ask that you do not destroy my chance, if you will not work with me let me
know and let me move on with my life but do not destroy me. I am a family man
and this is an opportunity to provide them with new opportunities. There is a
reward for this project and it is a task well worth undertaking.

I will most welcome your prompt response to ensure i provide you with the
break down of the transaction.



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