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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Alexander Wilmot-Sitwell." <> (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 15 Jul 2012 18:31:16 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Soliciting Your Collaborations From Mr. Alexander Wilmot-Sitwell.

Greetings From Bank UBS AG Zurich,

I am aware that this is an unconventional way of relaying an important message
such as this. I did try without success to locate both your contact address or
phone/fax number and as such, I resorted in contacting you via email. I am
Alexander Wilmot-Sitwell an investment consultant working with Bank UBS AG
Zurich presently at their offshore department. I will be happy to work this deal
out with you if you have a corporate or personal Bank Account and if you are
capable of keeping TOP SECRET.During one of our periodic auditing I discovered a
dormant accounts with holding balances of US$155,000.000.00 {One Hundred And
fifty five million United State Dollars only}

It has happened in the past, however, that customers pass away and their heirs
can neither prove the death, nor their heir ship. This was a frequent occurrence
during the wartime periods, and the banks have now set up a simple, rapid
resolution procedure operating to their customers? advantage. Dormant assets are
defined as any assets deposited with a bank (i.e. an account, a custody account
or a safety-deposit box) for which there has been no contact with the customer
in the bank?s files for the last ten years or more. If you believe you have
claim to a Swiss bank account for which the holder (e.g. an ancestor) has not
been in contact with the bank for over ten years, there is a fairly simple
procedure to follow, depending on the date the account was opened website;

If you know that you are capable to handle large or small amount on trust and
can keep secret and ready to take 40% of any amount I transfer to your account
from the dormant accounts and I will take 60%, then get back to me immediately
with your details.

Tell me more about yourself, while I look forward to receive the above
information.I want to re-assure you that this business is risk free and you can
send an empty account to receive the funds, provided that the account is capable
to receive incoming funds, the transaction will be executed under a legitimate
arrangement that will protect us from any breach of the law.

Send also your private mobile phone number where I can reach you now.

Thank you for your time and attention.

Warmest regards,

Alexander Wilmot-Sitwell.

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