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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.JAMES MARK" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 30 Jan 2021 10:05:30 -0800


        I know that this letter will be a surprising one to you....

        Firstly, I will like to introduce myself formally as MR.JAMES MARK

        ,The bank president of The GLOBAL INTERNATIONAL BANK

        You are been officially contacted by me because your Inheritance

        Funds were Re-deposited into the "British Suspense Account" of

        Global Bank last week, because you did not Claim your

        funds as the Rightful beneficiary in our bank.

        This morning at about (9:00am Standard Pacific

        Time), I was alerted by my Secretary that Three men were at my

        Office Reception waiting to see me and so I told my Secretary to

        let them in.I had to ask them why they came to see me in person

        and they said that they were here to Collect the Inheritance Bill

        Sum of One Hundred Million Dollars(US100,000,000:00) which rightfully

        belongs to you, on your behalf.

        These foreigners actually claimed

        this beyond reasonable doubts. At this development I asked them

        who authorized them to come down to London for the

        Collection of this Payment and they told me that you asked them

        to come and collect this Funds on your Behalf.

        Infact this was the biggest shock that this Bank have ever

        received so far because your Inheritance Funds is still in the

        British Suspense Account of Global International Bank, yet you sent these men

        to come and collect this Funds on your behalf without notifying us.

        We in this Bank do not understand why you sent these men to come

        and Collect your Funds on your behalf.Kindly clarify us on this

        issue before we make this Payment to these foreigners whom came on

        your behalf. In receipt of this confidential Letter, you are required

        to call our Bank as soon as you receive this Confidential Letter:

        Call us for more details if you wish to proceed.

    CALL ME ON +234-808-2156750
        Skype Name: Thompsongozi



        MR.JAMES MARK.

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