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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: "Mrs.Lethi Harley" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2011 10:27:50 +0300
Subject: Re: Information........(Contact Mr.Donald Williams)

For you urgent attentions.

We are an independent United States Government owned financial consultant and management firm, known as Focused on Profits Financial Solutions, located in Buffalo, New York, United States of America. We deal with all International financial affairs, for the Government, concerning unclaimed fund and assets, including stocks, bonds, dormant savings account, security deposits, inheritance and investments.

We have been appointed by the (IMF) International Monetary Fund and World Bank, to act on your behalf regarding a notification received from a Safe Deposit Security Company which specializes in holding funds for Banks, Companies, Private and public personals, Sweepstake Companies and other Financial Institutions.

According to our current records, we were informed by the (IMF) International Monetary Fund and World Bank that the Safe Deposit Security Company, is currently holding, for you, funds valued at Five Million, Eight Hundred Thousand United States Dollars ($5,800,000.00). We have carried out necessary security protocols and verifications and can confirm that you are the true beneficiary and are eligible to receive the funds.

Due to International Law barriers, the Safe Deposit Security Company is not authorized to deal directly with you without seeking a qualified, United States Government own representative and accredited independent financial consultant to act on your behalf and to supervise the entire process. This is the main reason why we have been appointed to act on this issue and to assist you to receive your funds.

For your information, our service costs for consulting and management, will be paid by the Government Authorities, as we are a United States Government owned and accredited independent financial consultant.

We can assure you that we will give you all the necessary support you require to guarantee a positive result. You have been given 10days from the date on this letter to respond to us. Please, contact the below mentioned immediately for more information, this is the easiest way you can respond to us –

Contact Name: Mr.Donald Williams
Position: International Financial Consultant
Email address:
Direct Phone Number: +16462334216

We will provide you with further information necessary once you have responded to this letter. We look forward to hearing from you. Please, do quote your reference number in all correspondence. Please, remember to keep this matter private and confidential to avoid breach of security and issue of double claiming.Please endeavor to provide the following for crosschecking:Is very very important.

Your File Ref No:
Your Full Contact Name:
Full Contact Address:
Your Direct contact Phone:
Fax Number:

Yours Sincerely

Mrs Lethi Harley
Financial Director

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