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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. X" <xx@yy>
Date: Wed, 17 Jul 2019 01:04:04 -0700
Subject: Payment Advice 17/07/2019- Advice Ref:[SWFA31093538] / ACH credits /
Customer Ref:[HX985310810741] / Second Party Ref:[24]


Dear Sir/Madam,

The attached payment advice is issued at the request of our customer. The a=
dvice is for your reference only.

Yours faithfully,
Global Payments and Cash Management


This is an auto-generated email, please DO NOT REPLY. Any replies to this
email will be disregarded.

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