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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. David Roberts" <>
Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2012 10:08:05 -0400
Subject: Good Day

From: Mr. David Roberts.

Firstly, I apologize for sending you this sensitive information via E-mail.

In my banking department I discovered an abandoned sum worth of
$25,000,000.00 (Twenty Five Million United State Dollars Only) in an
account that belongs to one of our

customers who unfortunately lost his life with his entire family on
plane crash since 2002. Since his death, I have been expecting his
next of kin or relatives to

come over and claim his funds because we cannot release it unless
somebody applies for it as Next of kin or relation to the deceased as
indicated in our banking

procedure. I want you to come in as the Next Of Kin, all needed
cooperation to make the claims will be given to you by me. If you are
interested kindly let me have

your full contact details and I will give you more details.

I will give you 45% of the total sum for your sincere cooperation. We
will discuss much in details when I receive your response.

If you are willing to cooperate in this project reply back to me as
soon as possible: PRIVATE

Waiting for your response.

Mr. David Roberts.
Mobile: +447035900387
Group Director
Lloyds Banking Group United Kingdom

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