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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: "FWS BHC" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2018 01:01:28 -0700
Subject: How are you doing?

How are you doing?
We apologize for the delay of your payment and all the inconveniences and hiccups that we might have caused you.
However, we were having some minor problems with our payment system, which is Inexplicable, and have held us stranded and indolent, not having the prerequisite to devote our 100% endowment in accrediting foreign payments.
We now wish to notify you that your over due inheritance/contract funds has Finally been gazette to be released and transferred to you without any more hitches as previously encountered.
meanwhile, during the rectification of our payment system we discovered that one Mrs. Janet White has forwarded his banking information to our bank stating that you and she can stand as the next of kin.

Please find below her Banking information:
Mrs. Janet White
Bank Name: Citi Bank
Account number: 1043903
Routing: 2093841
Address: United state of America

Urgently confirm to us if you have authorized Mrs. Janet White to claim your funds on your behalf to avoid making payment into any wrong accounts because your name was found in the original list of beneficiary whose fund is over due for payment. We want to state categorically that we shall not be liable for any miss-direction of transfer due to your failure to give us proper directive/reconfirmation. Else we shall commence transfer modality with Mrs. Janet White on your behalf.
In view of this you are requested to advice us immediately for appropriate Correction, if any, and send us email for proper rectification of the transfer with your valid details so that your fund valued US$4,000.000.00 (Four million United States dollars) will be remitted to your account as scheduled within 2-3 working days.
Henry Marshall
Tel: +1 201 299 6951

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