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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:

Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 19:01:59 +0100

From: Mr. J Eric Daniels
18 Buckingham Gate London SW1E 6LB.
London-United Kingdom
Great Britain.
Mobile Cell +447045708810

Greetings To You !!!!!

Let me first of all inform you that I got your email address from an email
directory and I was motivated to mail you for a Good assistance. Please I
humbly request for your permission to go ahead so as to ensure this
contact does
not offend you in any way. If this e-mail letter of proposal fails to
meet your personal or desired business ethics kindly accept my sincere
nevertheless, I strongly believe that it will.

Firstly, my name is Mr. J Eric Daniels,Group Chief Executive to Lloyds Banking
Group Plc,United Kingdom. View my profile for more about me:
proposal is that, during our last auditing I discovered a dormant
account, with
a balance of £11.5M(Eleven Million,Five Hundred Thousand Pounds). From my
investigation, the owner of the said account, a foreigner by name Mr.John
Shumejda. After going into deeply investigation I found out that Mr.John
Shumejda died on the 4th of January 2002 in a plane crash.

For more details visit:,
and also He died without any registered next of kin or {Will} and as
such funds
now have an open beneficiary mandate. It is very cardinal that i want you to
stand as the next of kin toclaim the said fund. Of a truth,Nobody knows about
this business transaction which i want champion out with you in good manner &
good faith, i really believe that you will keep this transaction without your
self, till we finalized it in good faith together without any hitch
from your side.

I therefore propose to do business with you by receiving this fund in any of
your preferable account as the next of Kin, an empty account can serve
provided it is valid. I contacted you because, if this fund is not
transfer out
urgently the fund will be diverted to the British Treasury as Unclaimed fund
because of the law imposed by the Ex-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. For
more information about the prime Minister decision on dormant accounts visit:

I can assure you as one of the Bank Executives and an expert in this field
that, this fund can be approve for payment to any foreigner because
their is no
name attached the account by the deceased as next of Kin. Be informed
that this
transaction is 100% total risk free: and troubles as the fund is
legitimate and
does not originate from drug, money laundry, terrorism or any other
illegal act.
Upon the successful transfer of the fund to your account, the share will be
50/50. If you are interested,kindly get back to me as soon as possible
so I can
advice you on how to proceed for the successful transfer of the Fund in your
account without any suspicious.


Mr. J Eric Daniels
Group Chief Executive
Call Me On Mobile Cell +447045708810,If you have any question to ask in this

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