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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: "Peter Bruce" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 11 Nov 2018 15:53:57 -0800
Subject: Re:Your Attn:

Nat west Bank Plc
Head of Foreign Operation
12 Throgmorton Avenue
Drapers Gardens
London EC2N 2DL
United Kingdom

Your Attn:

I am Peter Bruce,Staff of one United Kingdom leading Bank, I will
need your cooperation to immediately effect the sum of US$14.2 Million
(Fourteen Million, Two Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) into
your account.

You are only requires to provide the following information as stated
below for the claim of this fund,Your name and address, Telephone and
fax number, Any Form of identity.

The stated information above will enable you have all legal backing to
the claim of this fund,Kindly initiate the first response to enable me
gives you detail information about
this transaction.

Await your prompt response

Peter Bruce
Head of Natwest Bank Plc

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