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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. Brian J. Porter" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 30 Jul 2019 06:49:55 -0400
Subject: Dear Sir/Madam,

US Headquarters.
1 Liberty St #26, New York, NY 10006, United States.
Date: 9th July, 2019.
Time: 10:47am (New York Time - EST).

Dear Sir/Madam,

Re: Confirmation For Quick Payment and Ownership of Funds (US$ 7,700,000.00).

This month will be a remarkable one for you and your family because you are about to receive your due funds. BASED on the recently concluded United Nations General Assembly in New York - USA, Scotia Bank, the United Nations Executive Council and the US President have collectively concluded to pay all foreign debts with GENUINELY APPROVED funds from Scotia Bank (United Nations Treasury Account). Considering the large number of debts to be paid by Scotia Bank, the United Nations Executive Council conducted a (Raffle Draw) on beneficiaries email addresses submitted. Fortunately for you, your email address was picked by the (Raffle Draw Machine) and you are shortlisted for immediate payment. Please take note that only 7 beneficiaries will be paid this month.

The CASH sum of (US$ 7,700,000.00) has been officially APPROVED in your name by Scotia Bank, the United Nations Executive Council and the US President. To this effect, the GUARANTEED payment of (US$ 7,700,000.00) will be made into your designated bank account via Swift MT 103. For us to quickly process your payment, kindly re-confirm your personal details so that we can credit your due funds into your designated bank account;

Full Name:
Telephone No.:

Once we receive the required details, we will proceed with the payment process. Kindly reply immediately because we are READY to pay you.

Yours in service,

Mr. Brian J. Porter.
President, CEO & Non-Independent Director.
Scotia Bank.

*** On no account should this letter be forwarded to any one else. **** Trade Mark & Property of Scotia Bank. All rights reserved.
CAUTION: This email originated from outside of the organization. DO NOT click on links or open attachments unless you recognize the sender and have verified that the content is safe.

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