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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: "U.S BANK" <>
Date: Fri, 6 Apr 2018 12:20:58 +0100
Subject: U.S. Bank

U.S. Bank
1025 Connecticut Ave. NW, Ste. 510. Washington, DC 20036
Founded: United States of America
Hours: Open 24 Hours


After today's board meeting of the management of this bank, Ministry of
Finance,Internal Revenue Service of the United States (IRS), The Reserve
Bank and the World Bank Directorate it was gathered that your overdue
compensation fund worth US$5 Million has been deposited with this bank for
onward payment/ transfer to your designated/choose bank account. the reason
for this is because your name was among the scam victims that lost a lot of
money to African and European Fraudsters, you are hereby advised to without
delay stop all contact going on between you and anybody on internet because
you will end up at nothing.


Your Full Name__________________________

Your Residential Address________________

Your Sex/ Age___________________________



Next of Kin_____________________________

The US bank will immediately remit your account once I reconfirm your
banking details.

Your utmost response is needed to enable us proceed with your payment.

We are looking forward to hear from you.

Thank you for choosing US Bank.

Yours Faithfully,
Mr. Rick Ruzzi
Executive Region Manager

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