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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: US BANK <>
Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2022 18:46:33 -0700
Subject: it's important you make a reply today

*U.S. Bank1317 Lombardi Access Rd, Green Bay, WI 54304, USAGood Day.This is
to inform you that the U.S Government has instructed us to remit the sum of
$5. Million US dollar into your account, the reason for this is because
your name was among the scam victims that lost a lot of money to African
and European Fraudsters, you are hereby advised to without delay stop all
you have going on between you and anybody on internet because you will end
up at nothing, hence, there are two options to receive your funds.(1) By
Bank to Bank Wire Transfer(2) By Atm Card.We are waiting for your immediate
response with your information to enable this bank to proceed immediately
with the transfer of your fund and serve you better.Full
Address...........Age/Occupation..............Valid Phone
number............Your Country........Any Of Your Identity Card........ The
US bank will immediately remit your account once I reconfirm your banking
details.Send your reply to payment department email:
313 246 4247Congratulations.Mr. Andrew CecerePresident and Chief Executive

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