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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: "HSBC BANK,UK" <>
Date: Sun, 15 May 2011 05:54:47 +0300
Subject: REPLY................

>From The Desk Of Dr.David L Packer
Head of Audit
United Kingdom
My name is Dr.David L Packer, I am The Head of Audit Department with
HSBC BANK LONDON UK, I am also the personal Account Manager
to Late Robert Anderson.
Late Mr Robert Anderson who is a citizen of the United States of
America used to work with an Agricultural Development company in
Newcastle, England.
On April 21, 2001,my client, his wife, and their three children were
involved in a car accident along manchester M2 motorway.All occupants
of the vehicle unfortunately lost their lives. Since then, I have made
several enquiries to the United States Embassy to help locate any of
his extended relatives, After these several unsuccessful attempts, I
decided to trace his last name over the Internet to locate any member
of his family but all efforts prove abortive.
I am contacting you to assist in claiming the money and property left
behind by Late Mr Robert Anderson before they get
confiscated or
declared unserviceable by the bank where this huge deposits were
lodged, particularly the HSBC BANK Where the deceased had an
account Valued at about (GBP 12.5 Million British pounds Sterling).HSBC
bank has
issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or have the account
confiscated within the next fourteen official working days. Since I
have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 7 years now.
I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased
so that the proceeds of this account valued at (GBP12.5 million British
pounds Sterling)
can be paid to you. An attorney will be contacted to help revalidate
and notarize all the necessary legal documents that will be used to
back up the claim. All I require is your honest cooperation to enable
us see this deal through.I guarantee that this will be executed under
legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the
law. Furnish me with the below information:
1, Full
2, Your Home and company address_____________________
3, Telephone and Direct Mobile Phone/Fax Number_________________
4, Age/Occupation:______________________
5, Your Identification Like ID CARD Or Int'l

Please get in touch with me with the above information Via email:

Respectfully Yours
Dr.David L Packer

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