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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. Lincoln Brown" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 28 May 2016 07:40:04 +0000
Subject: I Anticipate Your Urgent Response

Hello Dear,
I am writing you this email from the dictates of my spirit, this is a personal email directed to you and I request that it should be treated as such. I am quite aware of your background hence my contacting you
My name is Lincoln Brown, I am a HSBC bank London External Auditor/Consultant. I have a profitable and risk-free business proposal that will certainly interest you.
I am seeking your assistance and partnership to receive a transfer sum of $18m (Eighteen million United States Dollars). I believe life is all about chance and utilization of opportunities that comes our way. It's obvious we don't know each other yet, but we don't know why nature is crossing our path today, meeting new people in our lives is a never-ending circle.
I was consulted by the United Nation Financial Audit Committee (UNFAC) to Audit Helima Security Storage Company in Baghdad (IRAQ). During my Investigation I discovered that in 2003 two U.S soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Division deposited a box Seized from an unknown Top Saddam Hussein aide during the war. Both soldiers died in active Service, since then no one has come forward to claim the Box. This Box contains of $18m (Eighteen million United States Dollars).
Kindly read through this bbc news website for more details:
I have used my Position to move this Box into a HSBC Affiliate Security and finance Company here in London. This fund can only be transferred or moved to be received abroad outside the UK, because I registered that the anonymous owner is based outside the United Kingdom. This transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect us from any breach of the law.
As a HSBC bank associate I cannot lay Claim to this Box (Money) I want to present you as the rightful beneficiary to the fund and facilitate a hic-free clearing, release and subsequently transferred into any nominated bank account of your choice. You will get 40 % of whole amount for your efforts. If not, this money will be confiscated and directed into government account.
I am presently auditing a SHELL PETROLEUM OFFSHORE RIG in Venezuela. If you are a serious minded and can handle a deal of this nature Kindly reply me with your full name and Phone number, so that I can forward the contact information of the Account Officer in charge of the fund at the Security Company in London.
I anticipate your urgent and affirmative response. Kindly keep this as a top secret for now. Attached is my work Identity Card for your perusal
Yours sincerely,
Mr. Lincoln Brown.

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