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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: stephen swanton <>
Date: Wed, 11 Sep 2013 01:24:08 -0700
Subject: Dear Friend

>From Dr.Stephen Swanton
Global Equity Research
London Regional Office
UBS Investment Bank London.
1 Fins-bury Avenue, London EC2M 2PP,


My name is Dr. Stephen Swanton Equity Research UBS Investment Bank London
I decided to seek a confidential co-operation with you in the execution of
the deal described here-under for our both mutual benefit and urge you to
keep it a top secret because of the nature of this transaction. During the
auditing of bank accounts in our bank, I discovered an unclaimed fund total
sum of£15.Million Great British Pounds Sterling (Fifteen million Great
British Pounds sterling) in an account that belongs to one of our late
foreign customer (Late Mr.Hock Miller) a mexico Businessman who
unfortunately lost his life and family in a car accident.

After going through his personal file in my bank, I discovered that he died
without any specific heir to these funds. I gladly seek your consent to
present you as the next of kin of the deceased so that the proceeds of this
account valued at Fifteen Million Great British Pounds will be released to
you as the beneficiary, which will be shared in percentage ratio 65% to me
and 35% to you respectively. All I request is your utmost sincere
co-operation; trust and maximum confidentiality to achieve this project

I have carefully mapped out the modalities for execution of this
transaction under a legitimate arrangement to protect you from any breach
of the law both in your country and here in London when the fund is being
transferred to your bank account. Upon your consideration and acceptance of
this offer, please send me the following information immediately so we can
proceed and get the inheritance fund transfered to your designated bank

- Your Full Name,
- Your Contact Address
- Your direct Mobile telephone Number.
- Your Date of Birth
- Occupation

I wait your swift response through my private email, so we can commence this transaction immediately.

Best regards,
Stephen Swanton
Global Equity Research
London Regional Office
UBS Investment Bank

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