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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: "DR. LAWRANCE VIS" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 3 May 2014 21:45:44 -0700
Subject: Re: From Dr. Lawrance VIS

Dear Friend,

Please accept my apologies if this request does not meet your personal ethics as it is not intended to cause you any embarrassment in what ever form. I got your contact email address from the internet directory and decided to contact you for this transaction that is based on trust and your outstanding. I have an interesting business proposal for you that will be of immense benefit to both of us. Although this may be hard for you to believe, but please grant me the benefit of doubt and hear me out.

I want to move the sum of £9.5Million to your country, if you help me receive this money base on mutual Trust and confidentiality, Your share will be 40% and i take 60%. Please reply with your full details and private phone number So i can give you more details about the transaction. You can receive this money in cash delivery or by bank transfer by a special arrangement. I work in a bank and this transaction is 100% possible if i can get your trust, support and co-operation.

This fund was deposited in our bank by an American who died at the World Trade Centre Bombing (Sept.9/11 attacked by the Terrorist) in Washington D.C). Since that time, nobody has come for the funds as the next of kin to the deceased. Actually the law here in British Banking is that if after sometimes, if nobody comes for the funds, it will be sent to treasury as an unclaimed deposit and the fund automatically becomes bank money or the state funds mostly in the case if the money belongs to a foreigner.

I cannot just claim the money like that without the help of another foreign partner who will stand as the next of kin or the beneficiary to the funds in the dormant account and the process is simple since i will secure all supporting document for the funds to be approved on your name as as the next of kin and rightful beneficiary of the funds, once that is done the bank will wire the funds to your already existing account or set up a new account on your name and deposit the funds after which i will come to your country so we split the funds as said 40% for you and 60% for me as as will be stipulated in the agreement letter that i shall prepare and send you.

This transaction is simple and risk free for you and myself but you must endeavor to keep it confidential. If you are interested in this deal, kindly send me your complete information, your full names and address, Your Private telephone and Fax numbers, and Cell phone so that the attorney will start processing the necessary paperwork that would facilitate the release of the funds in your name as the rightful beneficiary.

If you have any question feel free to ask me, as i wait for your urgent answer! Here is direct phone:Tel: +447011137826 you can also call me.

Best regards,

Dr. Lawrance Vis.

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