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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: "emma" <>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 05:05:38 +0800

P.O BOX 1000,

Good day,

I wish to inform you that this letter is not a hoax mail and I urge you to treat it serious. I am Mr. Jamiel Charlie,
the Finance Director of Lloyd's Tsb Bank London.

I will be happy to execute this deal with you if you have a corporate or personal Bank Account and if you are capable of
handling issues as a TOP SECRET. I therefore need a strong Assurance that you will never let me down, when I transfer
this money to your account.

Thus during one of our periodic auditing I discovered a dormant account with holding balance of US$ 32,000.000.00 {
Thirty Two million US Dollars only}, The owner of this dormant account died and since his death, nobody has operated in
his account because the account has NO BENEFICIARY attached to it.

According to our BANKING CODE OF ETHICS, this dormant fund will be confiscated by law if it remains dormant for a period
of [10] Ten years without any claim.Banks are not always able to find out what has become of these silent customers, or
to know whether they should follow up on requests from people who claim to be heirs to the accounts. The main problem is
that the customer resides abroad and, due to bank secrecy and code of conduct, the bank cannot publish notices in the
international press to locate the depositaries.

It has happened in the past, however, such customers pass away and their heirs can neither prove the death, nor their
heir ship. This was a frequent occurrence during the wartime periods, also now that have many reports of environmental
hazards with many unknown casualties and the banks have now set up a simple, rapid resolution procedure operating to
their customers' advantage.

I therefore solicit for your sincere cooperation in transferring this dormant fund to your foreign account as the
foreign beneficiary of the fund to avoid confiscating it by our bank, this transaction will be done in a legitimate
procedure within 6 banking days to avoid any breach of the law.

I am constrained to issue more details about this business transaction until your response is received. If you know that
you will be capable to handle large or small amount on trust and can to keep all matters secret and ready to take 45% of
any amount I transfer to your account from the dormant account and I will take 55%, send your account information's by
return mail. Tell me more about yourself, while I look forward to receive the above information.

I want to re-assure you that this business is risk free and you can send an empty account to receive the funds, provided
that the account is capable to receive incoming funds.

Look forward to discuss this opportunity further with you in detail. Please email me back on this mail address:
( Or provide me with your phone number for discussion of this transaction in further details.

Anticipating for your positive response for more details.

Yours truly,
Mr. Jamiel Charlie

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