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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: Accounts <>
Date: 04 Nov 2021 23:08:22 +0000
Subject: Payment|info-dcp n. BG/0001478 _ Ref:GR/01/001/14976474491

Dear bixnfleisch

Please see the attached payment slip for your reference.


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05/11/2021 2:36:17 p.m.                  Reprint From MFA-0004-000107  
        Priority/Delivery         : Normal   --
 --------------------------- Message Header -------------------------    
        Swift Input               : MT 103 Single Customer Credit Transfer
        Sender   : MPBLPKKACIU  
         20: Sender's Reference
        23B: Bank Operation Code   :668468493
        32A: Val Dte/Curr/Wells Fargo Bank Settled Amt USD $48,***.00



Kind regards / Kind regards
Rose | Midthrust Capital


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