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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: David Smith <>
Date: Wed, 24 Dec 2014 13:25:00 +0100
Subject: Dear Sir

Dear Sir,

Naturally, this proposal may come to you as a surprise since we have not met, permit me however. It is with deep sense of honor and respect that I humbly make this appeal to you with the understanding that any facts or opinion expressed in this letter is given in confidence and solely for your personal information and use. I open my arms wide to do business with you.I am Branch Manager of Standard chartered bank UK,

I got your email address courtesy of a business network here in UK, and I'm assured that you are very capable to transact this business with me. Few years ago, I used an unclaimed fund of {$100 million USD} whose owner has died 13yrs ago and no one has come forward to claim the money. I secretly invested the funds in a high interest program in the Swiss bank, it ran for 7yrs and I made a profit of $15 million USD. I have stopped the program and have returned the capital back to our bank. Now it's the $15 million USD profit i made that i want to transfer out of United Kingdom to your country. All I have to do is to name you as the beneficiary and have it transferred to any bank account of your choice.

I will need you to partner with me and provide an account where I can transfer this funds and as soon as you have received it in your bank account, I will fly over to meet with you. I will give you 40% of the money for your assistance and I will take 60%. This is 100% risk free as I legitimately acquired the funds.On your acceptance in this transaction,Please do not hesitate to get back to me and also include your mobile Tel.number for easy communication.

Thank you,

Awaiting your prompt reply.

Mr.David Smith

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