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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: "MARK BIKMAN" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 29 Sep 2021 03:40:42 -0700

Dear Sir,

This is to notify you of a new order on the release of your fund. Prior to this proceeding, we have been mandated by the President of the International Monetary Fund to make sure all our debtors received their long awaited funds within the next five working days from date.

But in your own case, we found some complicity in your payment due to a petition filed by one Erik Andersen from the United States of America informing us that he is your Lawyer and you are dead, in your Will while you are alive that we should hand over the ownership of this unclaimed fund to him. So, he now wants us to transfer
your fund worth $8.9million USDollars to his own account that is stated below.

Bank of America, New York
Branch A/C No: 0911667701
Swift Code: BOFAUS3N
Beneficiary: Erik Andersen

Kindly get in touch with us today with your telephone number to confirm this information to avoid wrong
transfer of your funds.
Contact Email address:

Yours faithfully

(Director of Foreign Operations and
Inspection Unit)

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