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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: Alexander Pip Dickson <>
Date: Fri, 21 Feb 2014 17:15:14 +0100


I am aware that this is an unconventional way of relaying an important
message such as this. I did try without success to locate both your
contact address, I resorted in contacting you via email. I am Alexander
Pip Dickson an investment consultant working with Bank HSBC presently at
their offshore department. I will be happy to work this deal out with you
if you have a corporate or personal Bank Account and if you are capable of
keeping TOP SECRET.During one of our periodic auditing I discovered a
dormant accounts with holding balances of US$5,000.000.00 {Five Million
United State Dollars only}

It has happened in the past, however, that customers pass away and their
heirs can neither prove the death, nor their heir ship. This was a
frequent occurrence during the wartime periods, and the banks have now set
up a simple, rapid resolution procedure operating to their customers?
advantage. Dormant assets are defined as any assets deposited with a bank
(i.e. an account, a custody account or a safety-deposit box) for which
there has been no contact with the customer in the bank?s files for the
last ten years or more. If you believe you have claim to a HSBC Bank
account for which the holder (e.g. an ancestor) has not been in
contact with the bank for over ten years, there is a fairly simple
procedure to follow, depending on the date the account was

If you know that you are capable to handle large or small amount on trust
and can keep secret and ready to take 40% of any amount I transfer to your
account from the dormant accounts and I will take 60%, then get back to me
immediately with your details.

Tell me more about yourself, while I look forward to receive the above
information.I want to re-assure you that this business is risk free and
you can send an empty account to receive the funds, provided that the
account is capable to receive incoming funds, the transaction will be
executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect us from any
breach of the law.

Send also your private mobile phone number where I can reach you now and
tell me some thing about you to build more trust.

I hope you don't reject this offer and have this funds transferred.
Waiting for your reply on this{}

Yours faithfully,

Alexander Pip Dickson

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