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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: "David" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2011 13:27:52 +0930
Subject: CAN WE TALK?

Dear Friend,
My Name is DAVID SIMMET former credit manager of SNS BANK ( Netherlands Branch. I am presently working with Natwest Bank here in England.
I have a proposal to discuss with you about a certain bonded account in the Bank where I work for presently. Please contact me through email for more details as regards the Bonded account in our Bank. My contact with you as regards the Bonded account will be beneficial to all parties concerned.
N/B, Please contact me immediately through my private email:

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