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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: "Martijn Den Daas" <>
Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2012 08:53:32 -0500
Subject: Request!


The completion of the legal merging between my Bank ABN AMRO N.V. with Fortis Bank N.V.
(Fortis Bank Nederland) means the two banks can now make accelerated progress in
integrating their activities. With effect from the merger date, they will be allowed to
exchange and share client information and can start the technical migration of client
data in the central system of ABN AMRO N.V. The proposed management appointments
previously announced will also officially take effect at this time.

I was made head of service in my department by the Board of directors of my bank ABN
AMRO N.V. (The Netherlands) to compile all credit accounts that has been in operation
with the bank.

Copy and paste the Web link for more Details about the Merging News: -

During the compilation of all credit accounts, I discovered a credit account with A/C
NO: NL85-ABNA- and ($7,467,000.00Million Dollars) deposited. My
investigation and document confirmed in his account file reveals that the investor died
without a WILL, and It was A German who Ran car maker BMW's museum and that was the
exact period the account were last operated. I can confirm with certainty that no body
has ever came as heir apparent of Late Engineer Erich Anorld legacy.

The Netherlands law demands that I notify the fiscal authorities after a statutory time
period of ten (10) years when dormant accounts of this type are called in by the
monetary regulatory bodies. The above set of facts underscores my reason for writing
and making the following proposal to you. I have chosen to seek your consent to work
with me as a partner to achieve this fund under the legitimacy as the heir apparent of
Late Engineer Erich Anorld Without any fear or doubt arising from the bank authority.
This is not a cheat, it's just an opportunity and any one with useful information
regarding this account information can apply but been the only one to discover this I
have to contact you. Please, do let me know your readiness towards achieving this goal
together as a partner by responding to me immediately.

Sincerely Yours,

Martijn Den Daas
Acting Audit Manager
Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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