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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. Jean Philippe " <info@CLEOPATRACSV.COM>
Date: Fri, 01 Jul 2016 16:11:57 +0100
Subject: Hello Friend


I am Mr. Jean Philippe, Director of accounts in a bank. I have a financial and confidential proposal for you. A floating sum of 5,300,000 Euro belonging to a deceased customer whose name has been identified and noted unclaimed in our audits and archives.

As one of the key executives of the bank, I am obliged to inform you that I am looking for someone with whom I can unlock this amount. So I ask you to agree to be the next of kin and claim the funds.

If not these funds are forfeited to the government treasury as unclaimed funds. According to the government after a certain period, unless they are claimed or representing by a close relative of the deceased. I wish you the funds to be transferred, (either your bank account or ( ATM VISA CARD Electronic payment Mechine) as a close relative of the deceased client and that subsequently we do a fair share of 50% each, I need your help in all honesty, and I promise is risk free because my position with the bank allows me to cover any risk and more I am the only person to oversee the transaction.

I did all the checks on this arrangement for its execution is clean and fast. I beg you to treat this letter with the utmost urgency and discretion as possible.

I am sorry if my English is not Good my main language is French. looking forward to read from you so soon .

My regards

Mr Jean Philippe

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