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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: "DAVID" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2018 21:37:30 +0100

Dear sir

This is to inform you that you funds $15.5 Million USA Dollars due has
been uploaded into CORPORATE ATM Card Payment OR International
Certified Bank Draft or deliver by consignment in cash The United
Nation Organization Fund Office in collaboration with British /U.S.A
Government and World Bank, do hereby give this irreversible
endorsement order with Release Bank, Skye bank Plc NIGERIA
Organization has screened through our various Monitoring Networks and
has been confirmed and notified that the transaction you have with the
Skye bank is Legal and you have the Lawful Right to claim your due
fund $15.5 Million Basically, there are two (4) options.The Skye bank
Plc Organization Seattle Division in conjunction with the Federal
Reserves bank want you to get your fund thought these options

1.International Certified Bank Draft
2.ATM Card Payment.
3.Bank to bank transfer
4.Deliver by consignment in cash

You are to make your preferred and affordable choice from the two options below:

Option (1) International Certified Bank Draft: You will have to
receive an International Certified Bank Draft which you will deposit
into your account for clearance that will take two days to be into
your account.

Option (2) Client Atm Card Payment:You will have to receive an ATM
Card and this will take one (1)business days to deliver to your
doorstep. We will have to use our courier company to deliver the
parcel to your location.

Please respond to this email by making a selection from the (4) options above.

Note: Your personal Contact/Communication Code with Skye bank is
(678/UNGAAP); you are advice to send you full information to the Skye
bank plc International Remittance Director with your new payment code
or release of your fund..

Yours faithfully
David Smith (Mr.) Manager
Head,Business Banking, Skye Bank Plc

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