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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. Dave Polyson" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 31 Jul 2019 22:05:43 -0700

I am Mr. Dave Polyson with HSBC BANK London. I contacted you in the site so that we can discuss everything through email.I write to solicit your assistance in a funds transfer involving two million, five hundred thousand British Pounds (£2,500,000.00) from my bank, this fund has been stashed out of the excess profit made in 2017 year by my branch office.

I have already submitted an approved end of the year report for the year 2017 to my head office here in London England and they will never know of this excess. I have since then, placed this amount on a Non-Investment Account without a beneficiary. Upon your response, I will configure your name on our database as holder of the Non-Investment Account. I will then guide you on how to apply to my head office for the Account Closure/ bank-to-bank remittance of the funds to your designated bank account.

If you concur with this proposal, I will give you further details on this proposal and I intend for you to retain 40% of the funds for your efforts while 60% shall be for me. Kindly forward your response to indicate your interest. You may as well send your response to confirm you willingness on my email:

Thank you for your understanding.

Best Regards,
Mr. Dave Polyson

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