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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. David Jeffrey" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 14:53:35 +0200
Subject: Fw:Confidential Offer


First I must sincerely apologizing intruding into your privacy with my email I believe what I’m about telling you will interest you and together with solidified mutual interest we can achieve a worth doing goal, My name is David Jeffrey I work with Star Credit Union here in USA; I am contacting you to know if you can make a deal with me, I have at my disposal an unclaimed funds of three million seven hundred thousand united states dollars only (3,700,000.00$) in our bank. Of one late contractor Curtis who I happen to be his account officer.

Who made a certain supply of petroleum equipment to One Bascon Corporation, a multi-national oil corporation operating from Norway. The payment has been processed and the cheque has been paid into his account but the Bank is finding it difficult to get in touch with him not until the 22 July 2011 my client Mr. Curtis was involved in Anders Behring Breivik the Norwegian terrorist and the perpetrator of the 2011 Norway attacks unfortunately lost his life after the incident due to injuries he sustained in the bombing, since then I have made several inquiries to locate any of my client extended relatives but this has proved unsuccessful.

After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to track his last name to locate any of his relatives hence I have contacted you to assist in claiming the funds valued at 3,700,000.00 $ left behind by my client before it gets confiscated or declared nu-serviceable by the bank . Never the less the deal between you and I now is that, I will present you as the next of kin and send your information to the automated clearing house department for legal approval documents to enable you claim these funds and the funds gets credited to any designated account of your choice.

Actually I don't have to involve myself officially because of my job, but I know what is required to get this funds released to you. Without taking much of your time, I will advise that you get in touch with me for more details. On my personal email: All I require from you is your honest cooperation to enable us see this transaction through. I guarantee that this will be executed under legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. And if you for any reason have any doubt about this you can visit this site for benefit of doubt as regards to what I'm talking about here : and if you are not willing and interested in handling this with me kindly delete this e-mail from your computer and pretend you never got it.

Mr. David Jeffrey

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