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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: "Mr:Roland Anderson" <>
Date: Sun, 23 Oct 2011 09:57:19 +0800 (SGT)
Subject: From: Mr:Roland Anderson

From: Mr:Roland Anderson

Business Ave BAR W19

1NR Street, London UK.

Tel: (+44) 7035954139

Dear Friend,

I need your urgent assistance in transferring the sum of Sixty Two Million Nine Hundred and Fifty Thousand British Pounds Sterling (£62,950,000.00) to your account.

The fund has been dormant (in-active) for 7 years in our Bank here without anybody coming for it. I want to release the fund to you as the nearest person to our deceased customer (the owner of the account) who died along after a brief Illness in London. The Bank will release the fund to you as the nearest person to the deceased customer. For more information about the deceased customer you can visit this site:

This is by virtue of its nature as being utterly confidential. I am sure and have confidence of your ability and reliability to prosecute a project of this great magnitude. I solicit your assistance to enable us transfer the said amount into your safe account for onward investment. You can either provide me with an existing bank account or to set up a new Bank account immediately to receive this money, even an empty a/c can serve to receive this money, as long as you will remain honest to me till the end of this important business, trusting in you and believing in God that you will never let me down in future when the funds will transferred into your account.

The owner of this account is a foreigner and no other person knows about this account or anything concerning it, the account has no other beneficiary and until his death he was the manager of his company. My investigation through the National immigration department and Ministries here proved to me as well that he was single during his first visit in UK. As a matter of fact, I have decided to transfer this fund abroad for investment plan.

If you are interested, please fill and forward me the following information as below to start the transfer process accordingly.

{1} Your Name/company's name and full address:.............

{2} Bank Name:..........

{3} Bank Address.........

{4} Account No:............

{5} Swift Code or Routing #

{6} Account Holder's Name: ............

{7} Your telephone Number both Home, Office &

Cell/Mobile and fax Numbers:........

{8} Your Occupation:.........

I look forward to hear from you as soon as possible if you are interested.


Mr:Roland Anderson

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