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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. Christopher Anderson" <>
Date: Thu, 22 May 2014 19:41:15 +0900
Subject: From Dr. Christopher Anderson

Dear Friend,

How are you today? I hope fine, I am Dr. Christopher Anderson from
Harlesden, North West London, here in England. I work for NatWest Bank
London (National Westminster Bank Plc.). I am writing you from my office
which will be of a great immense benefit for both of us. In my
department, being the assistant manager (Greater London region), I
discovered an abandoned sum of £16.5 Million Pounces (Sixteen Million
Five hundred Thousand Pounces and sterling) in an account that belongs
to one of our foreign customers Late Mr. Ron Bramlage, an American who
lives in Kansas States that was a victim of a helicopter crash last year
Jun 8, 2012, in Florida swamp killing him and family members. Ron was
45-years-old. Also in the chopper at the time of the crash was his wife
Rebecca, 43, and the couple's children – Brandon, 15; Boston, 13; Beau,
11; and 8-year-old Roxanne – were killed. The pilot was also dead.

The choice of contacting you is aroused from the geographical nature Of
where you live, particularly due to the sensitivity of the transaction
and the confidentiality herein, Now our bank has been waiting for any of
the relatives to come-up for the claim but nobody has done that, I
personally has been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for a long
time now. My dear friend, I seek your consent to present you as the Next
of kin /Will Beneficiary to the deceased so that the proceeds of this
account valued at £16.5 Million Pounces can be paid to you.

This will be disbursed or shared in these percentages, 60% to me and 40%
to you, I have secured all necessary legal documents that we can used to
back up this claim we are making. All I need is to fill in Your names to
the documents and legalized it in the court and NatWest Bank here to
prove You as the legitimate beneficiary, All I need now is your honest
Co-operation, Confidentiality and Trust to enable us see this
Transaction through. I guarantee you that this will be executed under a
legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law
here in London and in your country.

Please, kindly provide me the following: as we have 5 days to run it
through, this is very, very URGENT PLEASE.

1. Full Name:
2. Your Telephone Number:
3. Your Contact Address:
4. Age/Gender:
5. Core job/Occupation:

I have contacted you believing that you will not run away with my own
share of this fund when it arrives your account, Hope i can trust you on
this? ,as you know this transaction involve huge amount of money.
Please, kindly indicate your interest by providing me with your details
as above, so i can furnish you with more information on how we are going
to get this fund transferred to out of London within 5 banking days to
your account. Endeavor to reply, rather than keeping me waiting.

Best Regards,
Dr. Christopher Anderson

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