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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: United Bank <>
Date: Fri, 7 May 2021 21:49:48 -0700
Subject: Bank of Holland CREDIT Transaction report among all Scam Victims
which your name is included in our file

Bank of Holland CREDIT Transaction Notification
Bank of Holland 12 S Main St,
Holland NY 14080, United States
Text me :: .. +15853919391

Bank of Holland CREDIT Transaction Notification

This Message is from the Head Office of Bank of Holland 12 S Main St,
Holland, NY 14080 United States, And am contacting you about your
funds of $10.7 Million Us Dollars deposited to this Bank by the United
Bank For Africa Plc to transferred the funds to you as Your
compensation for Scam Victim because your name and your phone number
was listed among the Victims that was scammed years ago by West Africa
Country and now you are to be compensated with the sum of $10.7
Million Us Dollars, Therefore you have to reconfirm your information
to me such as follows::

Your Full Name:
Your Home Address:
Your Tell Number:

Don't Forget To Reply This Email Only:

And after reconfirming your personal information to me you should then
let me know the best way that you wish to have your funds of $10.7
Million Us Dollars to you either the funds will be transferred in your
bank account or the funds will be converted to an ATM MASTER CARD and
it will be delivered to your home address or the funds will be
delivered to you in Cash.

If You receive this message in spam, kindly know that it is a network problem.

Best regards:
Mr. Raymond Max
Bank of Holland, 12 S Main St, Holland,NY 14080, United States

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