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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. Frank Browns." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 5 Feb 2019 04:48:30 -0800
Subject: Attention!!


A power of attorney was forwarded to our office this morning by one gentle man and he is a citizen from United Kingdom England and his name is (Mr.Ashard Javid)

This man claimed to be your next of kin,according to power of attorney stated that you are dead after brief illness and he brought account to replace your information in other to claim your fund of ($US'10.5 million) which is the total inheritance fund from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in association with the World Bank Funding group (IBRD).

Mr. Javid have submitted account for the funds to be transferred to him but it's a certain negative for us to release the fund without confirmation of your death certificate, which he couldn't provide to us so we are still to verify more regarding this sad news.

Below are the banking information provided by this strange man,
Account Name: MR.A JAVID
ACCOUNT NO.: 10815543.
SORTCODE: 05-03-03

Be further informed that this power of attorney also stated that you suffered and died of a throat cancer.

You are therefore given (24 hrs) to confirm the truth in this and you are to contact us back immediately.
We work 24 hrs just to ensure that we monitor all the activities going on in regards to the transfer of beneficiary's inheritance and contract payment.

You are advice to call this office immediately for verification on this matter as we shall be available any time to speak with you and give you the necessary guidelines on how to ensure that your payment is safe for you.

You also have to be inform that any further delay from your side could be dangerous, as we would not be held responsible for any wrong payment.

Contact us as soon as possible if you are truly alive as we have his identification and residence he provides for us to wire the payment to him.

Note: we want you to re-confirm some of your identity listed below to enable us renew and update your file before we will take next step.

(1) Full Name.............
(2) Country/State/ City Name.............
(3) Delivery Address.........
(4) Occupation.............
(5) Sex..................
(6) Age.................
(7) Personal phone Number...........
(8) A Cope of Your Passport/ Drivers Licenses........................

Best Regards.
Mr. Frank Browns.

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