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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: Fri, 15 Oct 2021 08:26:46 +0100
Subject: Change of Fund Transfer

We write to inform you that one Mr. Rodney Bradley of Dickinson, Texas
United states of America submitted an account to the central bank of
Nigeria and a copy to the Federal ministry of Finance (FMF) with a
sworn affidavit and power of attorney authorizing him to receive part
payment of US$5,000,000.00 your long overdue funds with Federal
Government of Nigeria. In the same affidavit, Mr. Rodney Bradley
stated that you have contacted Corona-virus Pandemic and died yesterday
nite at the (Cooley Dickinson Hospital) website:

His bank account details are as follows;

Bank name: US BANK
Address: 12901 Cabela Dr, Fort Worth, TX 76177, United States
Account no: 204890700107
Beneficiary: Mr. Rodney Bradley
Routing no: 021000545
Swift code: USBKUS441MT

We wish to know if you authorize Mr. Rodney Bradley to receive the
funds in the sum of Five Million United States Dollars on your behalf

However, if you do not authorize Mr. Rodney Bradley to receive the
funds on your behalf, kindly send us a disclaimer email

Yours truly,
Urgent call +234 708 020 3548

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