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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: Sun, 3 Jul 2022 13:20:06 -0700

Welcome to HSBC Bank
From desk of FRANK ROMAN

Contact email:

Attention My Dear Valued Customer.

Thank you for your email response with your information in order to
receive your COMPENSATION funds of $15.5 million us dollars. Be
informed that we have nabbed (Mr. Bruce J. Warren) & his acting
barrister immediately arrested for his criminal activities to take
your valued funds.

I will advise you to get back to us and indicate on how you wish to
receive your COMPENSATION funds of $15.5 million us dollars to enable
us proceed to release your funds to you.

Bank wire transfer
Bank draft check
PayPal transfer
Bitcoin Wallet transfer

Yours Faithfully,
Mr. Frank Roman
Contact email:
Group Chief Financial Officer
HSBC Bank New York City, New York, USA

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