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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. Robert Le Blanc" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 27 Jun 2012 20:02:32 -0400
Subject: Re Attn: My first message return undelivered...Waiting for your reply

Hello Sir/Madam,
I came across your contact and profile and decided to cooperate with you in this business. Though this medium (Internet) has been greatly abused.
I choose to reach you through it because it still remains the fastest and safest medium of communication considering the
nature and urgency of the business.
This correspondence is unofficial and private, and it should be treated as such. As I am soliciting for your partnership and co-operation.
My name is Robert Le Blanc the Group Finance Director of the Barclay's Bank, England. I am writing you in respect to an account I discovered during the final audit activities
assessment for this month. During my assessment I came across an account that has been dormant for 8yrs
and 2 months, and the account is in your last name hence my contact with you.
                        Note: the sum in the account is 19.5 Million United States Dollars converted , the account is attached with an ATM card , which will be issued to you if you can take possession of the account as a relative of the account holder who is now late.The contact is because you carry the same family name.
I will appreciate if you can take possession of this fund by providing an account in your country where the fund can be
transferred into to avoid being confiscated by the Barclay's bank or authority.
All confirmable documents to back up the claims will be made available to you prior to your acceptance. Meanwhile, I have worked out the strategies and technicalities whereby the funds can be claimed in any of our 6 Clearing Houses without any hitch. Our sharing ratio will be 60-40, and in case you are interested, do email me your direct telephone number, Occupation, Address and Full name so we can discuss this transaction in further details. It may interest you to know that I have evaluated the risks and the only risk I have here is if you refuse to cooperate with me and probably alert my bank . I request that you disregard this correspondence if you find no interest in my proposal.
I will patiently wait for your reply in order to proceed with the transfer of the fund.
Yours faithfully,
Mr. Robert Le Blanc
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