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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: "CLARIEN BANK" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2019 06:09:24 -0800
Subject: Payment from the office of Clarien Bank

Family Inheritance Payment
I am Vishram Sawant,Chief Banking Officer with the Clarien Bank.
We have been authorized by the Federal Reserve Bank to pay
royalties of deceased service men from world war II.
You have been traced as a possible distant relative to the late
Colonel Jordan and liable toreceive $2.5million as inheritance
If you wish to claim this funds ,kindly revert with your full
names ,mailing address and telephone number to my email
( Further instructions
to receive the payment will be made available to you accordingly.
Thank you for your Co-Operation.
Yours Faithfully
Vishram Sawant
Chief Accounting Officer

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