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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: "Andrew Hauser" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 19 Oct 2018 17:25:54 +0800
Subject: Dear Fund Beneficiary,

Dear Fund Beneficiary,

How long would you delay this transaction? or do you think your money can be paid to you through any other source or means, or could it be that my notifications are not reaching you or that you have declined completely. Please I need a word from you urgently.

Again let me inform you, maybe you do not know that our bank has total control over your payment and recently it was resolved that every transaction cost should be deducted from investment fund but that the Ambassador of your Country in the United Kingdom must issue a consent to that effect and this is what we are following right now.

Following this development, the bank agreed that every cost and documentary requirement to transfer your funds to you will be deducted from your investment fund prior to final deposit of the balance to your designated bank account. Therefore, I would like to point out to you that the process to obtain the consent of the Ambassador of your country represented here in the United Kingdom must be followed and complied with, as it is the only thing we need base on the new trade bilateral agreements to access and retrieve your fund and deposit it to your designated bank account through our nominated bank after reconciling the cost with the investment fund.

We are optimistic that the Ambassador here in the United Kingdom will issue his consent to this effect without delay as soon as we apply on your behalf with the official application fee base on the bilateral agreements. So all you need to do now is to provide us with the application fee only. However, silence or disagreement of this resolution would indicate that there is no seriousness on the part of the beneficiary or that the claimant is false but on the basis of our verification that you are a genuine beneficiary. Therefore, we are given you this last chance with the hope that you need your funds, and that we can complete your transaction this time once and for all.

I hope this is explanatory to your understanding and please do not hesitate to ask questions in any area you do not understand correctly. You can equally contact me on this number for more details +442033189727.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

Andrew Hauser(Fmr. Executive Director)
Banking, Payments/Financial Resilience.
Bank of England, Threadneedle St,
London, EC2R 8AH.

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