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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: "Mrs. Kathy Rigney" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2014 12:40:25 -0600

                                          PLEASE CLARIFY
I am Mrs. Kathy Rigney the United Nations (UN) Special Envoy and contracts/Compensation Fund
Payment Coordinator in London United Kingdom (UK). We have been set up to fight against
Internet scam and fraudulent activities worldwide.
This Group is also responsible for investigating the legitimacy of unpaid contracts,
inheritance and lotto winning claims by Companies and individuals and directs the paying
authorities (banks) worldwide to make immediate payment of verified claims to the
beneficiaries without further Delay.
You are being legally contacted regarding the release of your long awaited fund. After a
detailed review of your file, the sum of US10, 500,000.00 (Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand
United States Dollars) has been approved in your favor for payment via the Barclays Bank Plc
London. I therefore wish to inform you that your payment is now being processed and will be
released to you as soon as you respond to this letter Because we have received a letter/application from one Mr. Bohumil KOZMIN a citizen of Australia, said to be your next of kin and that the funds should be redirected to the account given to us with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia as stated below
Bank Name: Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Bank Address: 365 Gardeners Road, Rosebery NSW 2018 Australia
Account Name: Bohumil KOZMIN
Account Number: 10138816
Sort/Award BSB Number: 062239
Swift Code: CTBAAU2S
Please confirm to us if we should proceed with this payment of transferring the said fund
urgently into the above stated bank account of your next of kin as you have authorized
before it is too late And if in any event you have a contrary view or opinion against this arrangement we are making now to wire this approved fund in your favor into your next of kinís bank account in Australia You should not hesitate to let us know immediately you receive this message so that we can stop this payment and you will be required to send us the below stated information for confirmation and record purposes
1. Your Full Name:
2. Your Direct Telephone
3. Fax Number
4. Your Residential Address:
5.  Your Current Receiving Banking Details
Upon the receipt of these requested information from you, a fund claim identification code
(CIC) will be issued to you by this office that will enable you to secure/protect your funds
from the hands of corrupt officials that are trying to steal or divert your funds into an
unknown bank account to you without your authorization For more inquiries and information contact us on these telephone number + 44- 7452189126 or you send us email upon your receipt of this message today.
Waiting for your swift response and Cooperation.
Mrs. Kathy Rigney

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