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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: "Dr. Vladimir Amherst" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 4 May 2010 10:37:30 +0100
Subject: Pending fund

Threadneedle Street
London EC2R 8AH. England
Tel: 447045793800
Fax: 448715049568

Attn: Fund beneficiary

It has come to the notice of the British Finance Monitoring Unit LONDON, ENGLAND that the sum of US$13.4 Million United State Dollars has been credited in your name for telegraphic wire transfer to your operative bank account and is currently floating in the International Banking Community Financial Data Base as an unclaimed Fund.

Under the stipulated Law of the Government of Great Britain and Wales and other member countries of the United Nations, Funds up to Certain amount that is floating in the International Banking Community Financial Data Base waiting to be transferred without claims for a period of 6 months or more shall be confiscated and forfeited to the United Nations account. We do hereby ask you to contact the below assigned person who is in charge of your fund immediately for ratification of this notice or consider your fund confiscated. For further information do not hesitate to contact the undersigned with your name, Address, direct telephone number, direct fax number.


NAME: Mr. Griffith Saunders


Tel#: +44-702 406 4536

Actions in Event of Delinquency" may be required if you do not act accordingly. You are required to transfer this fund to your bank account in a period not more than 14 working days otherwise consider your fund confiscated. If you require any further assistance on this subject please do not hesitate to ask your assigned agent for clarification.

Yours faithfully
Dr. Vladimir Amherst (Director)

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