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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: "Adam Brown" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2011 21:27:03 +0700


I am Mr.Adam L.Brown,I am the Branch Supervisor of the Capital One Bank UK.
I am 57 years of age, I am married with 1 kid.It may interest you to hear that I am a Man of peace and I don't want problem.I assure you that this transaction is 100% real and risk free,and as such,you are not going to regret doing this transaction with me. I only hope that we can assist each other.

Me and my Manager have agreed to contact you on this financial transaction that will benefit 3 of us.

We discovered that my office has made Eleven Million Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollar [11, 750.000.00],which I will give you the full picture of how it was made as soon as I get your Response.

Me and My Manager have since placed this fund on what we call SUSPENSE ACCOUNT without any beneficiary.

As officials[Me and My Manager] of the bank,can not be directly connected to this fund, So I have decided with my Manager to contact you to work with us in order to assist and receive this fund into your bank account for us to SHARE.

Mean While you will have 15% of the total fund,Me and My Manager will take 80%,while 5% will be set aside for any expenses incurred during the transaction.

If you accept this offer to work with us,We will need your response immediately to avoid us looking for another partner.

I will give you details as soon as I get your response.
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Best Regards
Adam Lancy Brown.

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