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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: "Mr. David Rose" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:01:09 -0800
Subject: It is my pleasure to seek for your assistance

It is my pleasure to seek for your assistance, this proposal is real and I want you to consider it very important and I am assuring you that it is not a dubious mail.
I am David Rose a personal assistant to Multimillionaire Robert Ekaireb, whom has been sentenced to life imprisonment without parole for the murder of his wife. Please kindly go through the link below and see some more information.
Remain honest to me till the end of this important business trusting in you and believing in God that you will not disappoint me at the end.
The owner of this account who was Mr. Robert Ekaireb, from United Kingdom an Industrialist / businessman who has been sentenced to life imprisonment, since August 2006.Until now no other person(s) knows about this account or could give any documentary evidence concerning this account except me his Personal Assistant. Meanwhile the total amount involved is sixty five million pounds (65m only.) and has been kept in Euroclear for safe keeping nobody has information to this apart from me.
I am only contacting you as a foreigner because this money can not be approved to a local account here in the UK, without valid international foreign "Agreement", but could only be approved to any foreigner with valid international documents.
I would like both of us to build confidence and trust to sign an agreement that will build us together before transferring the money to any account of your choice where the fund will be kept safe for safe keeping.
At the conclusion of this business, you will be given you 50% of the total amount,50% will be for me. This business is 100% risk free, be rest assured that this deal is legal.
If you need any further information let me know. I look forward to your earliest reply.
Best regards.
Mr. David Rose

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