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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: Ben <>
Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2011 14:03:14 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Dr.Smith Ben.

Dr.Smith Ben.
UBS AG, Zürich
Web site: 
I am Dr.Smith Ben, an investment consultant working with Bank UBS AG Zurich at their offshore department Zurich Switzerland . I will be happy to work this deal out with you if you have a corporate or personal Bank Account and if you are capable to keep TOP SECRET. I need strong Assurance that you will never let me down, if I transfer this money to your account. During one of our periodic auditing I discovered a dormant accounts with holding balance of US$ 400,000.000.00 {Four Hundred  Million US Dollars only). Sometimes a person will open a bank account, deposit money, and then disappear into the tin air.
Banks are not always able to find out what has become of these silent customers, or to know whether they should follow up on requests from people who claim to be heirs to the accounts.  If you are not familiar with Swiss Dormant Accounts and profile, please take a moment of your very busy schedules to read about Swiss dormant accounts:
If you know that you are capable to handle large or small amount on trust and can keep secret and ready to take 40% of any amount I transfer to your account from the dormant account and I will take 60%,  if you are interested. I look forward to receive the above information.You can send an empty account to receive the funds, provided that the account is capable to receive incoming funds.

send your a/c information as stated below

1. Full Name:_________
2. Address:___________
3. Company Name:___________
4. Company Address:___________
5. Nationality:______Country:_______
6. Age:________Sex:________
7. Occupation:__________
8. Cell Phone:___________
9. Tel. Office:___________
10. Tel. Home:___________
11. Private Email:_________
Thank you for your time, reply to my most private email:{}
Dr.Smith Ben.


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