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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:

Reply-To: "" <>
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 09:56:00 +0000
Subject: Unclaimed Fund,

TEL: +2347061861382

Unclaimed Fund,

Firstly, I wish to introduce myself as a sympathizer of your
situation. We are the Comptroller of Fund Movement Terminal and
Director of Statutory Department of Inter Banks Credit Commission. My
Department is affiliated to FSA, UN, WORLD BANK, W.A.F. Our Liaison
Desk is situated at the West African Terminal 122 of Union Bank Of
Nigeria Plc and in Asia at the RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA ,European
Terminal at the DUTCH AUCTION SYSTEM with head office in the New York
City attached to the Chase Manhattan Bank, New York, which oversees
and inspects the fund movement per-inspection for Central Bank Of
Nigeria and other related ECOWAS member states. Me and my colleagues
MR. STEVEN FLOYD THOMASSON from North lake, Illinois USA. He is in
charge of the West African Terminal. My name is MR. HORST HINTER
HANSEN from Queensland, Australia. In view of my position as
introduced and explained above, I have this privileged information for
you out of sympathy to save your fund from a big problem, which will
ruin your fund payment at your bank by the USA monitoring agents.

THE BACKGROUND OF THIS REASONS It may interest you to know that fund
transfer irregularities and misconduct of huge sums of money out of
Nigeria during the Military administration of the late General Sani
Abacha has created suspicions on any movement of large amount, which
is to be routed through Nigeria. For this reason, the new House of
Government under the leadership of Senator David MARK (New Senate
President) has formed a committee on Finance/Economic matters. This
Committee was mandated to deliberate on all fund movement above
$5,000,000.00 USD and also to recover all suspected
funds.Consequently, our organization has been mandated to assist to
monitor all fund movement out of Nigeria. Since our establishment, the
sum of $18 billion dollars has so far been recovered. We execute the
per-investigative formalities and all statutory requirements around
the world. The purpose is to monitor, per-inspect, recommend or defer
your fund movement or seizure of the fund at your bank or on transit
or cable. Fortunately, our Terminal in New York has been monitoring
the routing of your fund for seizure. I became sympathetic to you for
such attempt to carry on. Hence, I decided to contact you privately in
order to advice you, which will enable you, receive the fund
successfully without any seizure or threat on the fund.

Therefore, this letter is highly confidential and top secret. For this
reason, you must not inform anybody about this letter or my contact
with you. You must keep my relationship with you to be topped secret
and highly confidential. If you can follow my advice and guidance, I
will inform you the only way out for the dispatch of your fund
peacefully without any seizure by either your bank or the US
Monitoring Agencies to know. But if you ignore my advice, your fund
movement by bank transfer will surely hit a brick wall and you will
keep spending money and time with energy and without any success until
you forfeit the whole amount, which will be deferred at that time for
a seizure when the Monitoring Unit will adopt the motion for seizure.
The September 11th 2001 bombing of the WTC in USA has compelled a
strict monitoring and checks on all huge sums of money around the
globe.For this reason, the security Network in USA has requested us
here in Nigeria to investigate your fund, which has been routed for
transfer according to the following:

1. The real source of your fund.
2. Your funds background on Foreign Bills of entries.

In pursuit of that, I discovered so many anomalies, which may create
the security network for seizure of your fund. And your bank may start
asking, which may even put the bank into a big problem for suspicions
by the USA Security Network as a bank that keeps Terrorist fund.I am
writing this letter out of sympathy and I am willing to assist you and
avoid any danger to the successful conclusion. In order for me to help
you, the following are my conditions:

1. You must keep my relationship with you highly secret/confidential.
2. You must not expose all the above information to anybody..
3. You must be willing to act fast on any information, directives and
advice from me.

But if you expose this information, I will be compelled to do the
right report and in that case, you will blame yourself. The method for
you to receive this fund is by cash at your doorstep, which I and MR.
STEVEN FLOYD THOMASSON will deliver to you at your address..

Further details on this arrangement will be furnished to you as soon
as I have received your comments to carry on. By then, I will be in a
good position to explain to you more on how to carry out the mission.

As soon as I receive your response, First i will scan and send you my
united nations diplomatic passport and I will give you more on the way
of such arrangements and I will also inform you our percentage that
you will be required to give us as soon as we have handed over the
fund to you at your address.

Therefore, further details will be furnished to you and my identity
will be forwarded to you as soon as I receive your reply.

Yours Sincerely,
MR. Horst Hieter Haensgen

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