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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: " Williams Moore" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 4 Jul 2010 17:17:06 +0100
Subject: Re-Release of your fund valued $15.500, 000:00

United Trust Bank
New Zealand House
80 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4TE,
United Kingdom

Dear Beneficiary,

Re-Release of your fund valued $15.500, 000:00

Compliment of the season and Happy New Year. We have been trying to reach
you for some time now, your silent have caused many damages as Mr. ANDERSEN
ERIK ROBERT DEDEKAM, a Citizen of Canada who claims to be your
representative, assigned and authorized by you for the claim of your fund
awaiting transfer into his nominated bank account. He said that you had an
Accident and could not proceed and claim this fund. He also summated his
bank account information below;

(1)Canada Account:
Bank Name: CIBC BANK
Bank Address:,#3003 Danforth Avenue, Danforth & Victoria Branch, Canada
Transit # : 07932/010
Account #: 92-26133 (Us$ Current)
Swift Code: CIBCCATT
Beneficiary: Andersen Erik Robert Dedekam

1. Full Name :
2. Address:
3. Age:
4. Occupation;
5. Direct Telephone Numbers:
6. A Copy of Your Identification:

You are advised to confirm the true statue of the documents that was
summated on your behalf to enable us proceed with the transfer of this fund
into his Bank account. If we did not hear from you in Three (5) working
days, we shall conclude that you authorized Mr. ANDERSEN ERIK ROBERT
to claim his fund and the fund will be transfer into his bank account. DID
and call me in receipt of this email for more information in details.
Reconfirm your Mobile/Direct phone Number

Payment can be made via telegraphic transfer,Online banking, certify bank
draft, Consignment delivery, visiting our cash office in here in London,
choice is yours. Also reconfirm your full mailing address for dispatching
your original document via courier and also provide your BANK ACCOUNT
INFORMATION to transferring your fund into your bank account. This process
will take only 3 working days. This instruction is from the World Bank for
us to reach you this last day of 2009, if for any reason in did not reply
5 working days, we will cancel your fund and return it as unclaimed fund,
therefore follow up as urgent as possible.

We sincerely regret the delay of releasing your fund, be rest assured of
prompt payment. If for any reason we did not hear from you, your fund will
be cancel and we will not be reliable for any lost thereafter, therefore
comply as urgent as possible,

We look forward to hearing from you. Thanks for your anticipated

Yours Faithfully,

Williams moore.

Payment Director,
United Trust Bank
New Zealand House
80 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4TE,
United Kingdom.

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