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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: "Mr. Tanate" <>
Reply-To: "Mr. Tanate" <>
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2022 23:32:58 +0800 (WITA)
Subject: Money Transferred

ING Bank N.V.,
London Branch
8-10 Moorgate,
London EC2R 6DA,
United Kingdom
Tel :+44 741 834 3369
Fax :+44 704 307 1539


Your e-mail address came up in a random draw conducted in ING Bank N.V.,London Branch Office Of Donation International Operation in London UK.

I am Mr.Tanate Phutrakul personal accountant to Late Sir, Gerald Arthur "Gerry" Whent. founder and former chief executive of Vodafone Group Plc. Late Sir, Gerald Arthur Whent,is a well known Philanthropist, before he died made a "WILL" in a law firm in United Kingdom stating that Vodafone Group Plc (Charity Fundraising support Account) with the ING Bank N.V.,London should donate US$6.5Million (Six Million Five Hundred Thousand U.S. Dollars only) to any lucky individual Philanthropist or charitable organization overseas.

The ING Bank N.V.,London is in agreement with Late Sir, Gerald Arthur "Gerry" Whent to donate the fund to any lucky individual in America, Europe, Asia and Africa in order to help improve lives and businesses.

We have made our random draw and your e-mail address was picked to receive this fund as the beneficiary of his "WILL". Kindly get back to me as soon as you are in receipt of our email to enable the Transfer
Operation direct you on what next to do to receive this fund legally.

You are advised to include the followings below:




Yours sincerely,
Mr. Tanate Phutrakul,
Chief Financial Officer
ING Bank N.V.,London Branch

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