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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. Antonio Horta-Osorio" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 1 Sep 2019 08:17:08 -0700
Subject: GOOD DAY...

Lloyd's Bank Plc
417 North End Road,
Fulham, London. Sw6 1Ns.
United Kingdom.
Tel: (+44) 203 095 7171
I am Mr. Antonio Horta-Osorio, (CEO) Lloyd's Banking Group, London UK. I have been mandated to handle your Contract/inheritance funds of US$15,500,000.00 with our bank to your designated bank.
Through Our findings, we discovered that you have been going through hard ways trying to get your long inheritance/Contract/Wining Funds, with some banks in Africa which is what prompted the FG Nigeria contacting us to take up all Wire transfer in your favor from any other bank that might have been involved with this transaction. knowing fully well of our customer friendly working relationship which have been built from past decades till date of our existence.
We want to assure you that we will not hesitate to remit your entire fund (US$15,500,000.00) into your nominated bank account as you shall provide.
We have done our due diligence and have confirmed that you are the rightfully beneficiary to said fund. For verification purpose we will like you to reconfirm your details below once we get this details your fund will be release to you within 72 hours with no further delays.
1. Full Name:
2. Residential Address:..
3. Age:.
4. Occupation/Position:..
5. Direct Telephone Numbers:..
6. Scan Copy of your Valid International Passport or Drivers License:..
Yours Faithfully,
Mr. Antonio Horta-Osorio
CEO/Executive Director.
Lloyds Banking Group PLC

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