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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. Jacek Urbanski" <>
Date: Thu, 24 Jun 2010 02:54:40 -0300 (BRT)
Subject: HELLO!

Dear friend,

I am sorry for this unsolicited email. Please take time to read my letter
carefully; I’m sure you will understand the necessity for my
actions. I have a profiling sum in excess of €30M (Thirty Million
Euros) which I seek your partnership in accommodating for me.


I am Mr. Jacek Urbanski, I was the Personal Assistance to Late Mr. Andrzej
Kremer, former Poland Deputy Foreign Minister who just died in a plane
crash that involved the Poland President, his Wife and other top
government functionaries including my Boss (Andrzej Kremer, Deputy Foreign
Minister). Below are sites from BBC and other international reporters as
regards my story;


My boss handed over the documents of the above quoted sum to me before he
left for that very last trip. Meanwhile, the funds have already been
deposited with a financial institution somewhere in the United Kingdom
(undisclosed for now).


All I want from you is to stand as the beneficiary of the above quoted
sum. I will arrange for the documents which will enable legal and hitch
free transfer of the sum to you. If interested, please reply to my most
private email address; [ ]. In my next email to
you, I’ll send you more details and sites to ascertain my claims.
Note that this transaction is not supposed to take more than 10 working
days, 100% legal and risk free.

Thank you very much for your time. I look forward to hearing from you


Mr. Jacek Urbanski

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