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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: "Mr Raymond Bruce" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2018 02:43:36 -0700

Dear Sir / Madam.

This is British National Crime Investigation Center London.

In our investigations from our data based programmed system all banks on International and National Funds
Transfer (INFT) protocols in the past 4 years records from all banks
in the USA and Canada & Europe with African, we have come across your contact details and record with one of the scam victims in our bank list here in London.

In view of the carried investigations,we have contacted you confidentially for vital information towards your
transaction with this banks.

However all former bank officials who mishandled your transaction has
been duly terminated and dismissed from bank work and your funds was
deposited with The Clearing House.

Upon our investigation conclusion,we found out that your transaction was legitimate and for this reason
and all delays we duly apologise cordially and we hopefully await your cooperate understanding.

A compensated amount of $43,150,567.00 (Forty three million
one hundred and fifty thousand, five hundred and sixty seven dollars)
has been awarded to you for immediate payment through The Clearing

Kindly contact the paying bank officer with the below details and we hopefully await your cooperate and cordial understanding with urgent respond immediately.

Bank Name : Banque Nationale De Paris BNP.
Name: Mr .Mitchelle Angesilas.
Bank Email:
Tel: +337031929092.


Yours Sincerely,
Mr Raymond Bruce.

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