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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: Richard Leigh Clifford <>
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2012 21:07:49 +0800
Subject: Re: Reply

Please, However strange or surprising this contact might seem to you
as we have not meet personally or had any dealings in the past, I
humbly ask that you take due consideration of its importance and
immense benefit. However, this is not mandatory nor will I in any
manner compel you to honor against your will

With merging of my bank Abn Amro N.V. with Barclay's Bank Plc United
Kingdom, I was made head of service in my department by the Boards of
directors of my bank Barclays Bank Plc London to compile all credit
accounts that has been in operation with the bank under my
department/supervision. Details about the Merging News Visit the Web

Sitebelow: Through my
compilation of accounts, I discovered a credit account with A/C
N0:NL85ABNA6008341843 and (?7,467,000.00 Euros) deposited, on further
trace came across the file and found out that the account has be
inactive for more than (10) years. The true owner of this funds/
account was Engineer Christian Eich, a German who Ran carmaker BMW's
museum unfortunately lost his Life, including his wife and two
children in the plane crash (Flight AF4590) which crashed on July
31st 2000 killing all 109 people on board. Details About The Plane
Crash Visit The Website Below:

Regarding the short period of Twenty-One (21) working days allowed
confirming and submitting the reports to the Board of directors of my
bank, which may lead to the cancellation or terminating of the
account. I have chosen to seek your consent to work with me as a team
and pull out this fund under the legitimacy as the heir apparent of
Late Engineer Christian Eich.Contact me immediately with you following

You Name----------------------------
Full Contact Address---------------------
Phone No (Mobile) ------------------------
Marital Status-----------------------

To proceed about the modalities to execute this project/ transaction
forward your information to my personal email addresses
( OR as
soon as this is done, I will proceed with the necessary formalities. I
am ready to offer you a reasonable percentage for your partnership
with me get back with your details to proceed

Sincerely Yours
Richard Leigh Clifford
Tel/Fax: +44-87-1256-5278

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