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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: Joseph daw <>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 11:09:43 +0100
Subject: Wishing you best of the season:


Dear friend,

With utmost respect to you,

Please accept and give this mail fair consideration and realize I never
contacted you in error.
I contacted you after a careful thought that you might be capable of
handling this business transaction, which I explained below after going
through your profile.

A stalk of 100% pure raw Gold in (24 karats diamond quality) valued GBP
26,900,000 (Twenty six Million nine hundred thousand British Pounds), was
brought to my office to enable me officially evaluate it and approve a cash
exchange worth the amount of the Gold for cash conversation with the gold
as a collateral.

After inspecting the treasure in my office, with the owner, Mr. Badri
Patarkatsishvili a Georgian national and businessman, after inspection I
advised him to come back within 3 bank working days to enable us perfect
all documentations work as our banking protocol demanded which will enable
me make official recommendations to the bank for the approval of his

But I issued him a certificate of deposit and retained a copy before he
left my office and then he promised to come back as we scheduled before I
sadly heard of his unfortunate mysterious death months after his death
reason he couldn’t honor the appointment for his official endorsement of
documents as the bank granted approval of his request. I can still send to
you a copy of the deposit certificate for your perusal.

It was announced on UK tabloids Mr. Badri Patarkatsishvili died on 12
February 2008, since I heard of his unfortunate incident I have used every
conventional and unconventional means within my disposal trying to locate
any of his relations to no avail as he never fill any name in particular as
his next of kin. And my bank is now insisting and persuading me to locate
his associate who can take back the treasure or the bank will confiscate
the treasure by invoking the UK abandoned deposit law, since the treasure
seemed abandoned now, whereby I could not provide his next of kin as the
year is ending. The next of kin is entitle to retrieve the deposit either
as it was deposited or by cash conversion which will just be transferred
since the bank doesn't have problem with Mr. Badri earlier request.

It is this reason I decided to seek your assistance to have you stand in as
late Mr. Badri Patarkatsishvili contact person so that I will recommend you
to the bank and make immediate concrete arrangement to release the treasure
to you, the bank is putting so much pressure on me now and another good
thing is that the bank will still go ahead to convert the treasure deposit
to cash and then remit the cash to you based on our initial plan with the
late depositor which you and l will in turn secretly invest the money at
your good advice or share it to ourselves and donate some percentage to a
choice charity home.

Kindly note that we stand to benefit from this without any hitch, since the
bank will never be aware of this secret and I will control the situation if
you are interested because allowing the bank to confiscate the deposit as
an abandoned deposit will not be of any benefit to me hence my decision of
contacting you and we will sign MOU immediately we reach agreement to work
together. And bear in mind there is no risk attached whatsoever and I
contacted because I don’t want to work with someone who can be trace back
to me.

Please send your confidential reply if you are willing to:

Best regards,

Mr.Peter Mangalani Malungani
Director of Debt/Asset management,
Investec Private Bank Ltd London UK.
+ 44 792 4522 614.

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