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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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Fraud email example:

From: Barrister mike <>
Subject: Cancelled: YOUR URGENT REPLY IS NEEDED @ Tuesday, 26 September 2017

When Tuesday, 26 September 2017
07:00 AM to 07:30 AM
(GMT) Greenwich Mean Time - Dublin / Edinburgh / Lisbon / London
Message YOUR URGENT REPLY IS NEEDED. Are you alive or dead? We received several emails from one Mr. Frank Harold who narrated to us about the auto car accident you had 2 weeks ago. Mr. Frank made us to understand that you are in hospital for treatment but there is no hope of your recovery. He stated that he is your business associates and your next of kin whom you have chosen and permitted to inherit all your properties. He is contacting this office base on your contract /Inheritance payment fund valid USD$10,500,000.00 (Ten million, five hundred thousand dollars only) which is about to be pay to you. He requested that the payment should now be transfer into his own personal account as he stated below. Account Name Mr. Frank Harold Citibank Banamex USA 2029 Century Park East Los Angeles, CA 90067 Phone:(337) 339-9551 Routing Number: 122233645 Account Number: 5944130210 We request your confirmation before we can process this transfer to Mr. Frank Bank Account. This is to avoid releasing your money to wrong person because Mr. Frank is too eager and ready to follow every instruction to have this money into his account. If you did not have auto accident and you did not permit Mr. Frank to claim your money, kindly reply this message with your full contact information so we can process the release of the $10.5 million dollars to you. Waiting to hear from you Mr. RICHARD DANEL Phone:+22(99)227334 Director Payment Department Unity Finance Trust Bank
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