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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: "Jonathan Maxwell" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 5 Jul 2010 04:15:04 -0700
Subject: (Negotiation)

I am Jonathan Maxwell, Head of the Investment Management & Banking, Fairbairn
Private Bank, Jersey, United Kingdom. I am contacting you concerning a deceased
and the investment he placed under our bank management some years ago. Before his
untimely death, he asks that his funds Thirty Nine Million, Nine Hundred Thousand Pounds
Sterling (£39.9 Million) with Fairbairn Private Bank, Jersey, United Kingdom should be move
to a haulage company for a business purpose.

The deceased died a long with his supposed next of kin and ever since then no body
came forward all these years. I, working with you can secure the funds in the haulage
company for us instead of allowing the haulage company revert the funds to Fairbairn
Private Bank, Jersey, United Kingdom as unclaimed funds.

If you are interested, kindly get back to me via email for more details and your percentage
is negotiable.

Jonathan Maxwell

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