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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.  Mark Silber" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 5 Aug 2020 21:55:39 +0200

Attention: Beneficiary,

HSBC has agreed to repay (£4MillionGBP) to pay back customers subjected to "unreasonable"debt collection co-operation to front  for the immediate claim of this

funds. You can  view the website:


Note: subjected to"unreasonable"debt collection practices following a regulatory probe.

The Financial Conduct Authority said on Friday that the ( )

Upon the receipt of the funds in your account you

will be entitled to 50% of the total sum and 50% for me. If you are  interested send your full names, telephone number, address and your bank details to

immediately do all the necessary paperwork, Process of this claim and you would be paid within 12 working days.

Best regards,

Mr. Mark Silber

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