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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:

Date: Thu, 5 Aug 2021 08:26:50 -0700
Subject: Your Approved Payment

[image: Image result for hsbc logo]



*Dear Valued Beneficiary,*

*We are pleased to inform you that we have finally concluded arrangement
towards your refund/lottery pay out which has been delayed for a Long
Period of time because of your Cooperation and Dealings with Wrong
Officials and importers of banks as your fund returned back to us on the
4th of July 2021 when we confirmed the rate of delays and questionable
activities that has been related by the previous administrative banks
alongside with others that collaborated in delaying the release of your
fund after all charges and payments demanded were paid.*

*Recently, the Ministry of Finance of United Kingdom, Bank of England, HSBC
Bank Plc UK and United Kingdom Inland Revenue Services held a meeting on
how this fund will be released to the beneficiaries to their designated
bank accounts in their country without further delay since we are in the
second half of the economic year 2021 and it is now overdue to be released
as the said funds belongs to them.*

*We apologize for the delay of the payment and all the inconveniences that
this might have caused you during this period of time. However we have
instructed all the banks in the globe which we previously asked to help us
pay out this fund to the general public to STOP the process of the release
of the fund due to their incompetence and negligence of duty towards the
release of this fund. After our findings, some were arrested and charged
for theft according to Section 1 of the Theft Act 1978, as amended by the
Theft (Amendment) Act 1996 law of the United Kingdom.*

*The Bank of England Governor (Mr Andrew Bailey) has given serious warning
and Instructions and ordered the Inland Revenue Services Department of
England to quickly release all on hold funds which are in their escrow
account to the sole beneficiaries which you are among those who will
receive their Inheritance funds.*

*Please contact ONLY the Executive member of the Monetary Policy Committee
of South African Reserve Bank (Dr Rashad Cassim) on his
email: <> to advise you on how to
procure the certificate of claim as the law of South Africa demands that
without it there will not be any payment whether pending loan amount,
lottery fund, inheritance funds or whatsoever fund locally or
internationally perhaps you have not yet received it.*

*Provide below details to Dr Rashad Cassim for his clarification:*

*Full Name....... Tel.................*
*Address......... Amount..............*
*City............ Country.............*

*Copies of documents pertaining to the fund.*

*Best Regards,Mr.James Emmett.Chief Executive Officer, HSBC Bank plc.United

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