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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.David Willerstein" <>
Date: Mon, 19 Apr 2010 10:01:56 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: From Mr.David Willerstein(kindly Reply)

Dear Friend

I am Mr.David Willerstein Manager Accounting Audit Department of a Bank from
Harlsden, North West London, here in England (Natwest Bank). I am writing you about a
business proposal that will be of an immense benefit to both of us. In my
department, being the manager Greater London Regional Office, I discovered a
sum of £15 Million (Fifteen Million Pounds Sterling) in an account that
belongs to one of our foreign customers Late Business Mogul Mr. Moises Saba Masri
billionaire , a Jew from Mexico that was a victim of a helicopter crash
early this year, killing him and family members. Saba was 47-years-old. Also
in the chopper at the time of the crash was his wife, their son Avraham
(Albert) and his daughter-in-law. The pilot was also killed.

The choice of contacting you is aroused from the geographical nature of
where you live, particularly due to the sensitivity 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
have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives , I 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 15 Million Pounds can be paid to you.
This will be disbursed or shared in these percentages, 60% to me and 40% to
you. I have secured all necessary legal documents that can be used to back
up this claim we are making. All i need is to fill in your names to the
documents and legalize it in the court here to prove you as the legitimate
beneficiary. All I require now is your honest Co-operation, Confidentiality
and Trust to enable us see this transaction through. I guarantee you that
this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you
from any breach of the law.

Please, provide me the following, as we have 7 days to run it through. This

is very very URGENT PLEASE.

1. Full Name:
2. Your Telephone Number:
3. Your Contact Address:
4. Core Job/ Occupation:
5. Age:
6. sex:
7. Nationality:

Having gone through a methodical search, I decided to contact you hoping
that you will find this proposal interesting. Please on your confirmation of
this message and indicating your interest will furnish you with more
information. Endeavor to let me know your decision rather than keep me

Thanking you in anticipation of your favourable reply.

Mr.David Willerstein

see the link below for further details thet crash

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