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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: Sat, 15 Jun 2019 17:19:14 -0700

Instructions received. Funds transfer programmed to your bank account details below.
Bank name: Kazkommertsbank
Bank Branch : Astana, Kazakhstan
Swift Bic: KZKOKZKX.
IBAN: KZ2492602016N6587083
Account Name: Anastasiia Tarasova
Please confirm the above stated account details to be true as we will not be held liable for wrong (unauthorised) funds transfer.
Thank you fro your prompt attention and timely response.
Yours faithfully,

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