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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: "Andrew Dey" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2012 11:57:44 +0100
Subject: Re Urgent

Andrew Dey
Lloyds Bank TSB
Red Lion Court 46-48 Red Lion Court SE1 9EQ


Dear Sir,

I hope this proposal meets you in a good state of health.

I need your help to transfer and invest
US$10,000,000.00 (Ten Million United States
Dollars Only) that accumulated as undeclared
profit made by this branch of Lloyds Bank TSB ,
London under my management.

All that is required to get the funds transferred
out of here is to put your name on the Non-
investment account holding the funds. This
practically makes you a Non-Resident customer
of Lloyds Bank TSB, London.

I will then guide you on how to apply for Closure
of the Account and credit transfer of the funds to
your designated bank account. You will get 40%
of the funds for your role.

If you get back to me with your physical contact
address and direct telephone number, we will
consummate the funds transfer within one week.
I am only to be contacted via

Private Telephone Number: +44 702 4032995
Private Fax Number: +44 700 3900426
Private Email address:


Andrew Dey

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