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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: "Dr Patrick Cole FTB" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 10 Aug 2018 05:33:49 +0200
Subject: Re: Payment instruction to credit your account with the sum of US $10,500,000.00 Million ???

Re: Payment instruction to credit your account with the sum of US $10,500,000.00 Million ???
This is to notify you that your over due  contract funds has been gazetted to be  Released,via key telex transfer (KTT) direct wire transfer to you by the First Trust Bank for foreign over due fund transfer. Meanwhile, a man wrote to my office yesterday with a letter,claiming to be your True representative.All  Over Due  Inheritance/contract Funds.
Here are her information's
Bank's name-----Southern Cross Credit Union Ltd
Bank's address----2-4 Commercial Road, Murwillumbah NSW 2484 - Australia
Bank's phone---02 66722744
Account Name----Mr G R Burgess
Account No----BSB: 802-185        Account Number: 138001
Swift code --CUSCAU25
Please, do reconfirm to this office, as a matter of urgency if this man is from you So that the Bank will not be held  responsible for paying into the wrong account Name. First Trust Bank has been approved and accredited by the Ministry Of Finance and the Senate House committee for foreign over due fund,to pay all foreign Over due inheritance funds and contract to respective original beneficiaries this last quarter Payment of the year 2018.Base the meeting held with the new Governor and board of directors of Bank of England on 03/08/2018
However, we shall proceed to issue all payments details to the said Mr.Greg Burgess, if we do not hear from you within the next seven working days from today.
In order to know you are ready to receive your approved fund, you are strictly advice to furnish us with the below information for us to cross check in our payment file if is correct, and after all verifications, we will then direct you on how to contact Legal department for your fund Transfer direct your account.
1. Your Full Name:
2. Address:
3. Home/Cell Phone:
4. Age and Marital Status:
5. Occupation:
6. Account Details
7. Any Identification like Int'l Passport/Driver License:
We expecting your urgent response to this email to enable us monitor this payment effectively.
Your Sincerely,
Dr Patrick Cole FTB
Pay-Master General
First Trust Bank UK
International Operations
Debt Reconciliations/Payment

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