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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: "Dr. Andrew Edwards" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 14 Sep 2015 12:50:32 +0300
Subject: Mail From Dr. Andrews

Good Day Dear!
How are you and your family? I hope my letter meets you in your best mood today. My name is Dr. Andrew Edwards, Operation/Regional Branch Head Manager of Lloyds Banking Group plc London. I decided to seek a top secret/confidential co-operation with you in the execution of a transactions deal described here-under for our both mutual benefit. During the annual bank audits, I discovered an abandoned/unclaimed fund, sum total of 19.100,000 GBP (Nineteen Million One Hundred Thousand British Pounds Sterling) in an account that belongs to one of our foreign customers (Late David McDowell Brown) an American from Arlington, Virginia, who unfortunately lost his life as a single with the entire crew on February 1, 2005 over the southern United States Space Shuttle Columbia.
I discovered that he did not specify any next of kin or will beneficiary to his account after going through his file in our bank. I sincerely and deliberately seek your consent to present you as the next of kin / will beneficiary to the deceased so that the sum valued at 19.100.000 Million British Pounds Sterling will be transferred to you, which will be shared in these percentage ratio:  55% for me and 45% to you respectively.
I need your sincere co-operation, trust and utmost confidentiality to enable us conduct this transaction successfully. I assure and promise you that this transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law both in your country and here in London as the fund is transferred to your nominated bank account. Upon consideration and acceptance of this offer, kindly forward me the following information immediately to my private email address for more confidentiality:
1. Your full name:
2. Your full contact address:
3. Your direct mobile telephone number:
4. Your email address:
To enable me upload your information in our bank database to reflect in the bank network system that you are the named next of kin/will beneficiary of this account, then I will guide you on communication with the bank for onward transfer of this fund to you.
NOTE: We have few banking days to execute this transaction deal.
Thanks in anticipation of your urgent response.
Dr.Andrew Edwards
+44 7031983469

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