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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: "Royal Bank of Scotland" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 2 May 2010 06:50:14 +0100
Subject: Top of the day to you and your family.+2nd May 2010.

Date: Sunday 2nd May 2010.
Ref: ABY/NRI-ACCT/503037004358/04
My Name is Mr.Chris Anderson. I am the auditor and head of
computing department of Royal Bank of Scotland Liverpool Branch
here in United Kingdom.
There is an account opened in this bank in 2003 and since my inception into
office on 2nd Jan 2010,I then found this account and when I investigated deeply
by contacting the assigned next of kin I also found that the next of kin to this
account was an American who lived in London for over 63Yrs and  nobody has operated
on this account again after 2003.
I took the courage to look for a reliable and honest person who will be capable for
this important transaction. In order to transfer out $100,000,000 (One Hundred Million U.S Dollars)
after going through some old files, I discovered that if I do not remit this money out urgently,
it will be forfeited for nothing and the Royal Bank of Scotland management might divert
the funds to their own accounts.
Please respond immediately I will use my position and influence to effect the legal approval
and onward transfer of this fund into your account with appropriate clearance from foreign payment
department.You will stand to get 40% while 60% will be for me. Kindly quote the reference (acct)
numbers above when responding to this mail.
I will fill you in with further details upon your reply .You can call me directly on
this private telephone number so that we can discuss more on how to transfer this funds to your
designated account in your country .Tel:+44-792-457-0777
Reply to my private
Sincerely yours,
Mr.Chris Anderson

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