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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: "Mrs. Victoria Goose" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 15 Jul 2018 17:22:12 +0200
Subject: For Your Urgent Attention


Note that the Investment standard bank of UK have received the authority by United State America Federal Reserve Bank inconjuction with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank to finally release all pending Lottery winning payments, Contracts payments, Inheritance funds and Loan payments.

Most importantly, we have received banking antennary as stated below for the transfer of your funds, as such we urgently request that you reconfirm with us if you have given such mandate or not, failure to receive immediate response from you within the next seven workings days we shall believe that such mandate was issued by you, to that effect we shall then commence with the transfer of the fund into the bank details below.

Bank Address: Blk 131 Jurong East Street 13,
Account N°: 486 4761 10
Account name: Mr. Jurong Koui
Beneficiary: Mr. Jurong Koui
Address: 131 Jurong Gateway Road
Singapore 600131


Mrs. Victoria Goose
Head Foreign payment Department
Investment Standard Bank UK
Tel: +44-7418460409
Threadneedle Street, London.

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