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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. Mike Hart" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 11 Nov 2018 07:52:03 -0800


I am Mr. Mike Hart. department of Financial Auditing Sector Surveillance with NAT WEST BANK LONDON PL C. I have a recovered funds $10.5 Million US D (US$10, 500,000.00) been an over the invoice amount abandoned in a dormant account which I have secured these funds to invest at abroad, I want to process this claim in your name legally, to avoid being confiscated following the setup plans to confiscate all unclaimed funds in UK Banks.

These funds will be in your name with all the relevant documents of payment transfer to your bank account legally, you are entitled to 35% of the total funds after the receipt of these funds (US$10, 500,000.00 in your bank account, I have arranged to move this fund to you after all the legal changes of the fund's deposit certificate to your name Through Telegraphic Transfer (T/T) Bank to Bank confirm-able in your account within 72 hours (3 working day)

Send your following information below for the processing of this fund's claim in your name and a copy of every document procured in your name will be sent to you for your personal perusal, This transaction requires absolute confidentiality as a top secret because I am establishing you as the main contractor to be the true beneficiary of this fund legally. You are 100% Risk-Free.

(1) Your country form of identification (international passport/ Driving License copy). 
(2) Your Occupation/Profession. 
(3) Your private telephone/cell numbers, 
(4) Full Name and address of your person. 
(5) Age and Marital Status.

You are entitled to a share of 35% of the above-mentioned sum and 60% will be invested in your place and you will be the overseer, while 5% will be for the expenses made during the processing of this funds transfer to your account.

Alternatively Reply to this email:

Best regards.

Mr. Mile Hart

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