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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: "LIoyds TSB Bank Plc" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 24 Sep 2019 23:26:33 -0700
Subject: Urgent Cooperation /Pls Me Call Back/ASAP

Lloyds TSB Group PLC
Dear Sir/Madam,
Do accept my sincere apologies if my mail does not meet your personal ethics but embarrasing.I wish
introduce myself as James W. Leeds, Station Manager at the Accounts Management Section(AMS) of the
above bank here in London Uk.
In the course of our routine internal audit a discovery was made on One of our accounts with holding
a closing balance of 36,100,000.00 GBP (Thirty Six Million and One Hundred Thousand British pounds)
and has been dormant and has not been operated for the past two (2) years. Then I took up an interest
and from my investigations and findings, the owner of the account, a Russian (foreigner) by name
Natalia Fileva who died in a ghastly plane crash near Frankfort in Germany, see this link;
The 55-year-old was listed in 2018 by Forbes magazine as the fourth richest women in Russia with an
estimated fortune of $660 million (534 million) and since this tragic incident nobody has done
anything as regards the claiming of this money because she has no family members who are aware of the
existence of neither the account nor the funds.
I have secretly discussed this matter with a senior official of this bank and we have agreed to find a
reliable foreign partner to deal with. We thus propose to do business with you, standing in as the next
of kin of these funds from the deceased and funds released to you after due processes have been followed.
This transaction is totally free of risk and as the fund is legitimate and does not originate from drug,
money laundry, terrorism or any other illegal act. On receipt of your response I will furnish you with
detailed clarification as it relates to this mutual benefit transaction.
Please upon receipt of this mail let me have your quick and cordial response hence your willingness to
cooperate ith us to make this venture a reality via my private email: and let
me have your direct telephone numbers for the effective communication required in this operation and you
should fee free to ask any question you may have.
I look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible with your readiness, willingness and ability (RWA)
to collaborate with us in this juicy operation.
James W. Leeds
Station Manager Accounts Dept
LIoyds TSB Bank Plc

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