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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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Fraud email example:

From: "David Sidwell" <>
Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2011 09:18:38 -0800

Urgent Assistance
From:Mr. David Sidwell
Ubs Investment Bank

Hello Dear

My name is Mr.David Sidwell. I am member, board of directors/chairman risk committee of ubs investment bank London. I am responsible for all risk and financial policies.I am pleased to get across to you for a very confidential and profitable business proposal. I got your contact while searching for a reliable person who would assist me to execute this business opportunity in my department. I decided to contact you to seek your assistance in this profitable project which requires trust and confidentiality.

An American/ Iraqi Foreign Oil Consultant /Contractor with the Chevron Petroleum Corporation Company , made a numbered time (fixed) deposit for twelve calendar months, Valued at US$10,000,000.00 (Ten Million Dollars) in our bank upon maturity. we sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but got no reply.

After a month, i sent a reminder and finally i discovered from his contract employers, the Chevron Petroleum Corporation that Mr. Richard Burson died with his wife Mrs. Lenor Burson in a plane crash on October 31, 1999, (an Egyptian Boeing 767 Flight 990) with other passengers on board. take a look at the website for your confirmation.

The most astonishing of my discovery was that, all his records bear no next of kin, meaning no member of Late Mr. Richard Burson family knows about the deposit, therefore no member of his family will ever come forward to claim the fund. to avoid the bank to transfer the stipulate fund in a dormant account, as unclaimed funds to the United Kingdom treasury account, the above stated funds must be claimed immediately by somebody who would stand as the Next of Kin, to late Mr. Richard Burson as the beneficiary, because according to the financial laws of United Kingdom , at the expiration of eleven years {11} , this money will be reverted to the ownership of the Government treasury account if nobody applies to claim the fund.

Furthermore, this revelation is only known to me because I was his personal account officer in our bank. Hence I seek your collaboration to act as next of kin/beneficiary to late Mr. Richard Burson to claim the funds and move the money into useful investments, we shall split the cash between ourselves upon the confirmation of the money into your bank account. I am ready to offer you 40% of the total fund and 60% for me.

Please note that by the virtue of my position in the bank, I've worked out the perfect modalities on how to claim the money and I shall provide the relevant information and documents for the successful claim and transfer of the funds into the account that would be provided by you, I can not stand at the forefront of this transaction because I work with the bank, that is why I have come to you for assistance, be rest assured that this project involves 100% risk free. Upon the receipt of your acceptance mail, I shall then provide more details that will help you understand this transaction.

Awaiting your urgent reply via my confidential email address:

David Sidwell
Member Board Of Directors/Chairman Risk Committee
Ubs Investment Bank, London, United Kingdom.

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