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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: glenn miguel <>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 07:59:24 +0000
Subject: Reply


I know that this message will come to you as a surprise since we do not know each other before, I,m Mr.Glenn Miguel , a staff of UBS Investment bank London.I'm a chartered accountant, also i,m an account officer to Mr. Augustus Klaus, there is an account opened in this bank in 2009 and the owner of the said account is Late Mr.Augustus Klaus who died in July 2011 in a car accident with his only Daughter and wife, without relatives or next of kin to stand as a claim/beneficiary to this man's fund, and the amount involve is (18.700.000.00 BGP) Eighteen Million, Seven Hundred Thousand British Pounds.

The fund can only be approve and transfer to a foreigner like you hence I am contacting you to stand as a beneficiary to transfer the money to you.I will use my position and influence in the bank to effect legal approvals and onward transfer of this money to your account with appropriate clearance forms of the ministries and foreign exchange departments. At the conclusion of this transaction, you will be given 50% of the total amount, while 50% will be for me.

I wait your urgent response. Respond to me through this e-mail address

Yours Sincerely,
Mr. Glenn Miguel

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