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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: "Alfred Byron." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 15:22:15 -0700
Subject: Cooperation and assistance.

Cooperation and assistance
It is with sincere hope that I write to request your cooperation and assistance in the context indicated below.
I know vehemently that this message may come to you as a surprise since we have no initial correspondence. I got your contact in the course of my search for a trustworthy person to support and assist me in the demand, recovery and joint use of a payment contract that has been dormant for many years here in England.
I am Mr. Alfred  Byron.. An accountant by profession currently working with BG Group PLC in Great Britain as chief accountant. In 2009, prior to the sale of BG Group to Royal Dutch Shell PLC, there is a particular payment from BG Group Plc. The departmental accounts of twelve million two hundred thousand British pounds Large ( 12,200,000.00) as payment for the contract relating to the provision of heavy duty and light oil equipment carried out by a foreigner, this contract was duly completed by this Company and payment was entrusted in the Bank of the company Coordinates here in England since the year 2009.
Just a week ago the bank where the payment of the contract was deposited sent an official letter notifying my department of plans to declare this bank account for the Government as unclaimed funds and having the existing fund transferred to the memorandum account Of the Government, since the director has confirmed death for years, with this information I quickly realized that with my current position as head of department account it will be easy and not suspicious for us to work together as partners to allow you Guide in the steps involved in claiming this payment agreement with your data that is presented as the business partner of this late director before the bank's administration to this fund have been transferred to you.
I am in contact for your help and collaboration for the following two reasons: -
1. As a US citizen based in Great Britain this fund can not be processed in more detail, therefore, you have been contacted as a foreigner because the property can be prosecuted in your favor, no doubt because The holder of the address and the account is a non-British citizen and not an American either.
2. My current financial resources as an official will not be sufficient for me to handle the transfer alone successfully without the financial assistance of a reliable overseas partner abroad.
In the successful transfer of this fund into your bank account I have resolved that we must share the fund in a relationship that will be satisfactory for all. However, I propose 50% for myself, 45% for you as partner and owner of the account and 5% for the reimbursement of all local and foreign expenses, which are directly related to the early completion of this project. This is being strongly considered by me here as a disbursement pattern. Please note that this transaction is 100% safe and risk free. So send immediately to me with the following requirements: -
1) Your name in full
2) Your contact address in full
3) The mobile phone
4) the fax number
5) The age, marital status and nature of work.
Please treat with the strictest confidentiality and the utmost urgency and send your response to this my email:
Mr. Alfred  Byron.

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