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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 More" <>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 21:47:19 -0500



I am Mr. David More. I am an employee of a commercial Bank here in the United Kingdom; I am the personal account officer of Late Mrs. Boone Pickens who was a National of your country before his untimely death with his wife.

They had no children. On Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2004 our customer and his wife died on board on PLANE CRASH in Indonesia (Indonesia Airline Flight JT583). The plane crash was in the news. See link below for more detail information: Since then no body has come forward to claim his funds and our bank AUTHORITIES are making serious arrangement to confiscate his money. In order to avert this negative development, I now seek your permission to have you stand as a RELATIVE to the deceased and equally act as his next-of-kin so that the proceeds of his account valued at US$36.2 million Dollars will be paid into your nominated bank account before our bank authorities confiscated or declared his bank account unserviceable and this will happen if no body comes forward to claim the money.
I am assuring you that this transaction will be executed under legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. Please, do not hesitate to put up your utmost effort in handling this transaction to the highest level of business. I have reposed higher confidence in your ability to handle this matter perfectly and confidentially. Also, your telephone number will be highly required to enable us communicate with each other on daily basis.

I want you to understand that your involvement in this matter is to maintain absolute secrecy and keep the spirit of teamwork; you do not have to disclose the nature of this transaction to anybody for security reasons. I am serious minded person and I mean business send the information stated below:

The funds will be shared thus, after it has been transferred into your bank account.

1. 50% of the money will go to you for acting as the next-of-kin
2. 50% to me as the originator of the transaction.

Please indicate your interest as soon as possible to acknowledge your interest and to let you know the next step of action towards the success of this transaction.

Best Regards,

The information in this letter is confidential, please, if you are not interested destroy this message, You should not retain copy or use this letter for any purpose, nor disclose all or any part of its content to any other person.

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