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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: Administrator <>
Date: Thu, 16 May 2013 13:42:10 +0400
Subject: From: Mr. Jeremy Richmond Jr. Branch Manager, Halifax Bank

Good Day,

I am Mr. Jeremy Richmond Jr. Branch Manager, Halifax Bank UK. I have sent a hard copy letter which returned undelivered via regular mailing, I made my contact to you base on your last name shared with our late customer who is deceased, He made Fixed deposit of Eleven Million, Six Hundred and Fifty Thousand United State dollar with our bank in a private account.

The bank board of directors/CEO demand for his next of kin after several notifications has been sent to his resident. I seek your consent to present you to act as the next of kin, so that we can have this fund paid to your account. Upon your acceptance I will get all the legal backing documents in your favor as I will use my position and office to effect the payment via bank to bank wire transfer.

It is legitimate as I assure you that this transaction will NOT for any reason break local or international law of both countries. I have secured my end before making this Business contact, we share this funds at 60% for me while 40% for you or we co-invest the fund in your country under your management, We shall have face to face meeting before we can start. I will forwarded Details to you as soon as I read from you.

Best Regards

Mr. Jeremy Richmond Jr.

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