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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: "Hsbc Bank Plc Uk" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 8 May 2022 05:15:52 -0700
Subject: Your Approved Payment

International Banking


Attention Beneficiary,

This is to notify you that after series of meetings our board of directors held with the United Kingdom Inland Revenue Services regarding series of complains we received from the general public about the Lottery and Contracts funds that was unclaimed due to their communication with wrong people that claimed to be bank officials and agents in Africa, Asia and United Kingdom. Right now, we have decided to carry on the release of your fund by ourselves because your fund returned back to us on 12th of January 2022 when we asked our affiliate bank (Barclay’s Bank and Royal Bank of Canada) to stop all their communication with the general public regarding the release of their compensation fund.

The World Bank President (David R. Malpass) has given us and the Inland Revenue Services Department of England a serious warning to make sure that the fund should be released to the beneficiaries. THE HSBC BANK have chosen a capable affiliate Bank being (South African Reserve Bank) to handle this transaction for us. Therefore, you are to contact Dr Rashad Cassim, from South African Reserve Bank who is the deputy governor. We apologize for the delay of your payment and all the inconveniences this might have caused you during this period and at the same time urge you to stop all your communication with any person or entity claiming to release a compensation fund to you. NB: Your funds have been placed under insurance and Dr Rashad Cassim will guide you to ensure that your fund is released to you immediately.

Therefore, you are advised to contact Dr Rashad Cassim on ( as you have been instructed so that he will guide you on the process to receive your funds. Please Be Warned, as The United Nations Anti-Crime Commission and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) does not instruct any other Bank or agent in this payment except (Dr Rashad Cassim), whom we can only give attention to. From now, we advise you to stop all the communications you are having with any other Agent or bank officials in Europe, Asia, USA and Africa regarding your payment and contact only Dr Rashad Cassim.

Best Regards,
Mr. Noel Quinn.
Chief Executive Officer, HSBC Bank plc.
United Kingdom

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