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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: "Albert Epperly" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 2 May 2011 04:09:36 +0200
Subject: Hello , Hoping we can sort this out

From: Mr. Albert Epperly
Manager AllFunds Bank Madrid

My name is Mr. Albert Epperly; I am the regional manager of the AllFunds Bank International.I am 56 years of age and married with 4 lovely kids.

It may interest you to hear that I am a man of PEACE and don't want problem, I
only hope we can assist each other. If you don't want this business offer kindly
forget it as I will not contact you again. I have packaged a financial
transaction that will benefit both of us, as the regional manager of the
(AllFunds Bank) it is my duty to send in a financial report to
my head office in Luxermbourg at the end of each year.

On the course of the last year 2010 end of year report, I discovered that my
branch in which I am the manager made Five million one hundred & fifty
thousand euros [€5, 150.000.00] which my head office are not aware of and will never be aware of it. I have since placed this fund on what we call SUSPENSE ACCOUNT without any beneficiary.

As an officer of the bank I can not be directly connected to this money, so this
informed my contacting you for us to work so that you can assist receive this
money into your bank account for us to SHARE. While you will have 30% of the
total fund .Note there are practically no risk involved, it will be bank to bank
transfer, all I need from you is to stand claim as the original depositor of
this fund who made the deposit with our branch so that my Head office can order
the transfer to your designated bank account. If you accept this offer to work
with me, I will appreciate it very much. As soon as I receive your response I
will detail you on how we can achieve it

Sincerely Yours,
Mr. Albert Epperly

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