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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: David Wright <>
Date: Sat, 22 Feb 2014 03:31:01 +0400
Subject: Greetings.

From Mr David Wright.

Greetings dear Future partner,

My Name is Mr.David Wright. I work as the head of Fund Manager
Executive with UBS AG Investment Bank London (UK) and would like to
know if you will be at my disposal to handle a risk free transaction
with me.I have used my position as the Fund Executive Manager to
divert the sum of 15,500,000.00 pounds (GBP) from our Investor's
Capital Management Funds under to my Portfolio and would like to know
if you are interested to work with me to receive this fund in your
account without any legal implication attached.

Our sharing ratio is 50:50 since it is a fair deal. I will provide
further information on the above subject matter upon the receipt of
your favorable response. If you are interested kindly reply to
indicate your interest,then I shall Furnish you with the method of
application and how you can apply to the bank for the release and
transfer of the fund into your nominated bank account.You can as well
enclose your direct telephone numbers for discussion of this offer in
further details.

I await your urgent response.

Yours sincerely,

Mr David Wright.
+44 7700043292.

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