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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. Mitchell Rothwell" <>
Date: Sat, 3 Jul 2010 13:03:35 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: Letter of Intent (Reply)


How are you doing?

Everything that happens to one has spiritual significance, I was just leafing through the profiles of some names in the internet before I came through your name.

Though, the internet has been grossly abused by scam artist and miscreants whose intention is to hurt. In as much as one should be careful, same time we should not allow negative to kill the positive potential in a realistic business. I have chosen to reach you because I felt that business is taking risk, going from the known to the unknown.

I am Mr. Mitchell Rothwell President Financial Consult London; I consult with (5) different Financial Institutions here in United Kingdom as their accredited consultant on financial matters.

My friend who works with one of the Financial Institution where I consult contacted me, he happens to be the Computer & IT Director in the Bank, and privately opened up to me that there's an abandoned money in a foreigners Account which he has been monitoring for over Two years now, and these funds are due to be claimed by the Beneficiary after a period of a year and six Months.

After all necessary investigation with the name and address he found in the Beneficiary's file, he then noticed that the Beneficiary of the Account died four years ago in an Auto crash including his Brother that happens to be his Business Associate and also the next of kin to him.

He opened up this to me when I visited his office and instructed me to search for a reliable person or one of my clients abroad whom he would front as a Business partner/Next of Kin to the deceased person in other to transfer the money (US$125M ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-FIVE MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS ONLY) out of the Bank to a safe Account Abroad.

We have both concluded all necessary arrangement on this matter and he has also briefed me on the kind of Documents that will be needed to make such claim without any problems now and in future to come.

He assured me of his 100% Capability of making this transaction come true, and also made me to know that with his status as a Computer & IT Director in the Bank he will use his power to make possible changes of all necessary Documents in the Deceased file to your name to prove to the Bank that you are the Business Partner/Next of Kin to the Deceased.

I am writing you this Letter to ask if you are Capable to handle this transaction, and also to assure us that as soon as everything is done you will not sit on the money.

If this proposal interests you and you feel that you are CAPABLE of handling this transaction with us, please do get back to me as soon as possible so that I tell you the next step to follow.

Yours Faithfully,
Mr. Mitchell Rothwell
President Mitch Financial Consult
Feel free to call my Private Phone-:+4470 2403 4728

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