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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: Remittance <>
Date: Fri, 29 Oct 2021 14:30:22 +0100
Subject: Access Trust Group 29/10/2021


I am Mrs Elizabeth Clair, Access Trust Bank account Remittance
Director with the IMF/Switzerland budget and fiscal planning

I am using this great opportunity to inform you that your long awaited
fund has finally been approved and appropriated in our 2021 budget for
immediate release by Mr. Charles Maurice.

Sequel to a brief meeting held with the new president and board of
directors of the bank, I was made to understand that you have not yet
received your fund which was long ago instructed to be released to you
by the government.

However i want to inform you that the fraudulent syndicates are the
problem behind your payment and you must have nothing to do with them
or their agents who contact you on daily basis pretends they have fund
for you the only person you have to contact is Mr. Charles Maurice his
email or this is the only
person the world power has given power to make sure your fund deliver
or transfer to you.

please ask yourself why after all the fees paid to those crooks
nothing was given back to you or have you taught why each time you
send money they will come up demanding for another fee which will
continue until you are bankrupt.

I want to show you the only way that will enable you to get your fund
without much fee.

This is the only thing that you will do and you will get the result
which all the thousands of dollars you have spent have not given you.
All the past directors and officials you have been dealing with know
this but nobody can tell you the truth, simply because of greed of
those who are in quest for easy wealth, they ask you for money after
money for one document, levy, fees, charge.

This office as a new reform foreign debts reconciliation committee has
been constituted under the directives of the IMF/WB /UN economic
regulatory and supervisory bodies to liquidate external creditors
bills in this quarter of year 2021 by cutting all approved funds down
beneficiary and your file has been approved for payment and we have
come up with a resolution in agreement that every approved beneficiary
most obtain/secure "STAMP DUTY" with the sum of $365 and also
delivering charge from Mr. Charles Maurice office.

Please reconfirm your NAME, ADDRESS, and your direct PHONE NUMBER as
this will be needed to avoid any misappropriation as well for easy

For further clarifications in this matter feel free to Email me and
ask any question.

Best Regards,
Mrs Elizabeth Clair
Access Trust Bank account Remittance Switzerland

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