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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: "Robert Capp" <>
Date: Wed, 31 Aug 2016 09:14:41 -0400
Subject: Re: Swift Response ==

Robert Capp
Equity Research Analyst
UBS Investment bank
United Kingdom | Banking
Hello, =


My name is Robert Capp Equity Research Analyst at UBS investment bank Londo=

I have decided to seek a confidential co-operation with you in the executio=
n of the deal described here-under for our both mutual benefit and 1 hope y=
ou will keep it a top secret because of the nature of the transaction, Duri=
ng the course of our bank year auditing.

I discovered an unclaimed/abandoned fund, sum total of {GBP =A315 Million =
British Pounds Sterling} in the bank account that belongs to a Mexican busi=
nessman (Late Mr. Hock Miller) Who unfortunately lost his life and entire f=
amily in a plane crash. Now our bank has been waiting for any of the relati=
ves to come-up for the claim but nobody has done that. I personally has bee=
n unsuccessful in locating any of the relatives for several years now, I si=
ncerely seek your consent to present you as the next of kin / Will Benefici=
ary to the deceased so that the proceeds of this account valued at {GBP =A3=
15 Million British Pounds Sterling} can be paid to you, which we will share=
in these percentages ratio, 65% to me and 35% to you. All I request is you=
r utmost sincere co-operation; trust and maximum confidentiality to achieve=
this project successfully. =


I have carefully mapped out the moralities for execution of this transactio=
n under a legitimate arrangement to protect you from any breach of the law =
both in your country and here in England when the fund is being transferred=
to your bank account. I will have to provide all the relevant document tha=
t will be requested from UBS to indicate that you are the rightful benefici=
ary of this legacy and UBS bank will release the fund to you with any furth=
er delay, upon your consideration and acceptance of this offer, please send=
me the following information as stated below so we can proceed and get thi=
s fund transferred to your designated bank account immediately. =


-Your Full Name:
-Your Contact Address:
-Your direct Mobile telephone Number:
-Your Date of Birth:
-Your occupation:

I await your swift response and re-assurance so we commence this transactio=
n immediately.

Best regards,
Robert Capp

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