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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: "Mr. Randall Walsh" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 13 May 2011 04:20:07 -0500
Subject: I await your response soon

Good day,

I am Mr. Randall Walsh, a business consultant based in the United Kingdom and at the same time privately working as a personal assistant to the

former director of operations of the largest oil company in Spain (Repsol-YPF, S.A.). He was appointed to head the Oil Firm in 2001. Having handed

over to his successor and subsequent embarkation on privatization, there are some concealment of funds from PEAT MARWICK, an external auditor which

conducted due diligence on the Bureau for public Enterprises {BPE} on Repsol-YPF, S.A. Prior to its pivatization, my boss mandated me to seek for a

foreign partner who can help us transfer the fund out and also advice on possible investments. His account is being investigated by a commission set

up by the company’s board of directors. I want you to assist us to secure the money into your company's account or private account to avoid being

seized by the Spanish Government. The Sum is $151.5m (ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY ONE MILLION, FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATE DOLLARS) and we will

gladly compensate you with 15% after the deal is done. More so 5% will be mapped out to offset all expenses every party may incur during the course

of the transaction, another 10% will be used to compensate all the collaborating banking executives that will be used in Europe for the completion of

this transaction, then 70% will go to the principal who happens to be my boss. Presently, the fund in question is being concealed under the auspices
of A.D.P DIPLOMATIC ORGANISATION in Europe of which my boss is a member of this elite organization. A chief executive of a very reputable bank in

Spain has assured us of his maximum cooperation as soon as we present a foreign partner who could help us to receive the fund on our behalf. I want

to re-affirm to you that a special bank and good arrangement has been made in Europe for the smooth conclusion of this transfer of which the full
details will be given to you as soon as you signify interest in helping us to finalize the deal. It is our interest to channel the above mentioned

fund on Real Estate or any other viable Investment you may wish to advice upon.

Waiting to get your quick response.

Yours Sincerely,

Mr. Randall Walsh.

Tel: +44 7035944167.

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