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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: "Dr. Fletcher Hansdel." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2012 01:57:03 -0000

From The Desk of the Chairman
Dr. Fletcher Hansdel
Committee on Debts & unsettled payments
UNO & African Development Banks.
United Kingdom.


I hereby wish to notify you that Your overdue payment of $7.5M would be brought
to you cash or you would be invited to come down to Africa to claim your unpaid fund.
If you are not comfortable with this means then you may receive your funds via bank
transfer to your account or an ATM CARD will be sent to you with your money loaded inside.

We are very sorry for the delay and inconvenience that this might have cost you.
The management & board of trustees of this bank wish you to fill out the
transfer form with your contact details and your direct phone number also
with your banking information for the immediate processing of the legal
document that will enable us carry out the transfer of your fund
successfully to your nominated bank account or your contact address
without any further delay.

Kindly contact your payment and processing officer:

Rev. Xavier Francis
Remittance Director.
Tel: +447031879995
Mobile: +447031884992

As soon as he receive this , he will open a claims file for you and present to the
authorities concerned to endorse for your payment. Be notified that all documents
has been presented and your payment is approved.

With kind regards,i look forward to serving you better.

Yours Sincere,

Dr. Fletcher Hansdel.

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