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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 Carr" <>
Date: Thu, 8 Aug 2013 13:19:36 +0100

{Claim of My Partner Investment Company Fund Account /Deposit Number

Your attention please,

I am Mr.David Carr, from Harlesden, North West London, here in England. I
work with Natwest Bank London.With due respect and regard, I am writing you
from my office for a business that will be of immense benefit to both of us.

In my department, being the Private Banking Manager (Greater London
Regional Office), I discovered an abandoned sum of £15,500,000 GBP(Fifteen
million five hundred thousand Great British Pounds Sterling) in an account
that belongs to one of our foreign customers Dr. Erin Jacobson who died
with his entire family in Montana plane crash on March 23, 2009, on their
way to a group sky vacation.

I don't want the money to go into our bank treasury as an abandoned fund.
So this is the reason why I contacted you so that the bank can release /
transfer the money to you as the next of kin to the deceased customer, I
will provide all documents to cover you in this, I will give you full
details on how the business will be executed and also note that you will
have 30% of the above mentioned sum if you agree to handle this business
with me and 70% will be for me and one of my colleague in the office who is
aware of this deal.

I await your urgent communication.
Best Regards,
Mr.David Carr.

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