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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: "Kevin Doran" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 3 May 2016 16:27:29 +0300
Subject: The Reason I'm Contacting You

Good Day,

Please do accept to partner with me on this urgent proposal. I got your contact through a private search on a directory and had a deep feeling that you will be reliable and capable of assisting I accomplish this transaction.

I am Kevin Doran, the Chief financial officer from a Bank, here in United Kingdom. The reason for this email is to seek your partnership for a business transaction that will give us a great opportunity of being in possession of an unclaimed sum of $12.5M ( Twelve Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars Only ), an investment deposit that belongs to our late foreign Customer.

The reason for contacting you came as a result of the need to present a foreigner as a beneficiary to the fund since our bank has not seen any of the relatives that came up to claim this fund, and also for the fact that the board has resolved to allow this fund to be confiscated by the British Government in the event that no beneficiary comes up. As an officer of this bank, I cannot be directly connected to this money, so my basic aim of contacting you is to assist me receive this money in your bank account as a beneficiary, and get 40% of the total funds as commission.

I will provide you with all the necessary information and documents from the involved authorities to legally back up the claim, so that this $12.5M will be transferred to your nominated account successfully.

If this proposal satisfies your interest, then get back to me with the below information: FULL NAMES, TELEPHONE/FAX, MOBILE NUMBERS, ADDRESS, AGE / SEX and OCCUPATION.

I will appreciate it very much if you do not make undue advantage of the trust I have bestowed on you. I assure you we can achieve it successfully.

Kind regards,
Kevin Doran
Fax: +44 (705) 366-0949
skype: dorankev62

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