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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: "newman kelvin" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 7 Jun 2016 20:24:59 -0700
Subject: Kindly schedule a meeting for discussion?

I am Kelvin coleman. Branch Manager Halifax Bank UK. I have sent a hard copy letter that returned undelivered via regular mailing, I made my contact again to you base on your last name shared with our deceased customer who was a member of Lion Club International and a Golf club member here, He made a Bonded Fixed Deposit of Fourteen Million, Six Hundred and Fifty Thousand United State dollar with our bank in a private account, on legal Mandate BOND which he wanted to use as collateral, for the bank to enable him access a Loan for investment here in London.

The bank officially demanded for his next of kin, with several notifications sent to his residential address, without responds. under the government monetary policy,if by on or before june 2016,if this deposited fund remains unclaimed, it should be moved to goverment treasury as '' unclaimed fund".

I am seeking your consent, to act as the next of kin. so that the funds will be paid to your account.
Upon your acceptance. I will get all the legal documents in your favour to back it up, using my position and office to effect payment via bank to bank wire transfer.

Be rest assured that this transaction is legal, hence will NOT break local or international law of both countries. I have secured my end before making this Business contact, The sharing formular,is 80% for me and 20% for you. Upon your acceptance We shall have a meeting where further details of our co-operation will be discussed and agreed on before we proceed.

I wait for your acceptance responds, Do send me private telephone for more detail.

Best Regards
Mr. Kelvin coleman
Lancashire WN8 6UD
United Kingdom

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