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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: "External Debt"<>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 14 Sep 2020 00:02:51 -0700
Subject: Claims Resolution Tribunal Notice

Before properly introducing my good self, please accept my apologies for not first bringing you into the full picture of transaction.
It is obvious that my explanation will come to you as a surprise, this is because we have not met before but I am inspired to apply for this huge fund transfer opportunity that will be of mutual benefit to the two of us.
My name is Barrister Edward Miller member of Independent Committee of Eminent Persons (ICEP). ICEP is charged with the responsibility of finding bank accounts in Switzerland belonging to non-Swiss indigenes, which have remained dormant since World War II.
It may interest you to know that in July of 1997, the Swiss Bankers Association published a list of dormant accounts originally opened by non-Swiss citizens. These accounts had been dormant since the end of World War II (May 9, 1945). Most belonged to Holocaust victims.
As the newly appointed director general in charge of approving & releasing all owed yet unpaid\Un-released foreign payments and also the special adviser to the United-Nation fighting against the un-necessary delays of beneficiaries yet unclaimed payment including recently discovered that has not yet been paid by the present BRITISH GOVERNMENT after series of investigation conducted.
I am delighted whole heartedly to inform you that the panel of the UN, which just concluded it findings seating in London federal capital territory just released your (E-mail Id & Name) among the currently approved beneficiaries who are to benefit 100% from this very diplomatic immunity quarter payment of the year. This panel was primarily delegated to investigate and to genuinely manipulate all owed debts and claims as it has eaten deep into the economy of the Great Britain-London.
The continuing efforts of the Independent Committee of Eminent Persons (ICEP) have since resulted in the discovery of additional dormant accounts -54,000 in December, 1999.The published lists contain all types of dormant accounts, including interest-bearing savings accounts, securities accounts, safe deposit boxes, custody accounts, and non-interest-bearing transaction accounts. Interest is paid on accounts that were interest bearing when established.
The Claims Resolution Tribunal (CRT) handles processing of all claims on accounts due to non- Swiss citizens. I discovered a dormant account of late William Toffner born about 1916 in Baie-Comeau Quebec Canada in the Côte-Nord Region of the Province of Quebec, Canada with a credit balance of 12,800,000 US dollar plus accumulated interest. The beneficiary was murdered during the holocaust era, leaving no WILL and no possible records for trace of heirs.
The Claims Resolution Tribunal has been mandated to report all unclaimed funds for permanent closure of accounts and transfer of existing credit balance into the treasury of Switzerland government as provided by the law for management of assets of deceased beneficiaries who died interstate (living no wills).
I was glad when your E-mail Id & Name was released after a very long search as both of you have the same last name so it was easy to approve you as his official next of kin.
Being a top lawyer at ICEP, I have all secret details and necessary contacts for claims of the funds without any hitch. With the help of my colleagues on the Swiss treasury department, we approved this funds to your favor and you will receive it . This is to avoid any trace as the beneficiary is from Canadian and you can compensate us after you receive the funds and help us investment of our choice. Due to the sensitive nature of my job I decided not to be in contact with you until the fund is approved to you officially and you can take it up from there and you do not have to make any physical appearance.
THERE IS NO RISK INVOLVED.As you can see the authorities are already processing your payment even without you knowing of my existence. For additional information about unclaimed funds through the Internet please check, The Eminent Persons Group (EPG), is a body made up of highly regarded individuals who act as an esteemed advisory body to, and on behalf of, the Commonwealth to investigate a particular issue that was re-established in 2009. This is the reason I restrained myself from contacting you earlier especially in writing.
I look forward to a meeting someday when we can shear a glass of wine to the success of this relationship. Include your telephone number in your reply.
My Highest Regards.
Barrister Edward Miller
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