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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Mr.Jim Barron" <>
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2011 10:21:08 +0200
Subject: GOOD DAY,

Bank UBS AG Switzerland
Postfach 8098 Zurich
Postal Account: 80-2-2

Good Day,

I am an investment consultant working with Bank UBS AG Zurich at their
offshore department Zurich Switzerland. I will be happy to work this deal
out with you if you have a corporate or personal Bank Account and if you are
capable to keep TOP SECRET. I need strong Assurance that you will never let
me down, if I transfer this money to your account.

During one of our periodic auditing I discovered a dormant accounts with
holding balance of US$42,759,000.00 {Forty Two Millon seven hundred an fifty
Nine Thousand US Dollars only} Sometimes a person will open a bank account,
deposit money, and then disappear into the tin air. Banks are not always
able to find out what has become of these silent customers, or to know
whether they should follow up on requests from people who claim to be heirs
to the accounts.

The main problem is that the customer resides abroad and, due to bank
secrecy, the bank cannot publish notices in the international press to
locate the depositaries. This has led the majority of Swiss banks to refrain
from opening small-deposit accounts for foreign customers; for fear that
they will forget that the account exists.

It has happened in the past, however, that customers pass away and their
heirs can neither prove the death, nor their heir ship.

This was a frequent occurrence during the wartime periods, and the banks
have now set up a simple, rapid resolution procedure operating to their
customers' advantage. Dormant assets are defined as any assets deposited
with a bank (i.e. an account, a custody account or a safety-deposit box) for
which there has been no contact with the customer in the bank's files for
the last ten years or more.

I am constrained to issue more details about this business until your
response is received. If you know that you are capable to handle large or
small amount on trust and can keep secret and ready to take 45% of any
amount I transfer to your account from the dormant account and I will take
55%, send your account information's by return mail. Tell me more about
yourself, while I look forward to receive the above information.

I want to re-assure you that this business is risk free and you can send an
empty account to receive the funds, provided that the account is capable to
receive incoming funds.

Look forward to discuss this opportunity further with you in detail. Please
email me back on this mail address:
Or provide me with your phone number for discussion of this transaction in
further details.

Thank you for your time and attention.


Mr.Jim Barron

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