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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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Fraud email example:

Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2016 20:13:47 +0530
Subject: From George Morris

Dear Sir/Madam

My name is George Morris a member of Independent Commission of Experts Switzerland(ICE), please click on this link to learn more about this commission. ICE is charged with finding bank accounts in Switzerland belonging to non-Swiss indegenes which have remained dormant since World WAR II.

It may interest you to know that in July 1997 the Swiss bankers association published a list of dormant non-Swiss citizen's accounts, these accounts have been dormant since the end of 1945. Most of them belonging to holocaust victims, the continuing efforts of the independent commission of experts ( ICE) have since resulted in recovery of additional dormant accounts-54,00 in December 1999.

The published list contain all types of dormant accounts including interest bearing savings account , securities account , safe deposit box, custody account, non interest bearing transaction account that were interest bearing when established.

The claims resolution tribunal (crt) handles processing of a claim on account due on non-Swiss citizens, A dormant account of MARTIN LIGHTBOWN with credit balance of $15.5M plus accumulated interest was discovered by me , the beneficiary was murdered during the holocaust era leaving no will and no possible records for trace of heirs.

The claim resolution tribunal has been mandated to report all the unclaimed for payment closure of account and transfer of existing credit balance into the treasury of Switzerland government as provided by the law for management of assets of deceased beneficiary who died inter-state (living no wills)

Being a member of ICE I have all secret details and necessary contacts for claims for the funds without any hitch, the fund will be banked in any country of your choice out of Switzerland or a tax free country where we can safely withdraw it and share or use it for an investment of our choice, please note due to the sensitive nature of my job I need a foreigner to help claim these funds.

All that is required of you is to provide me with your details for processing of the necessary legal and administrative documents for transfer of the funds to you, you can find additional information through the internet at the following link , .

The holocaust claim processing office has put funds in Escrow account awaiting of submissions of valid claims for necessary disbursement, I find myself privilege to have this information and this may be great opportunity for a life time of success without risk please include your direct telephone number when responding to this email for further explanations, l will prefer you to reach me on this email ( and after that l shall provide you with more details of the operation. please note: this business is 100% risk free.

Your earlier response to this letter will be appreciated, thank you for your prompt reply.

Yours truly

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