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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: David I Mckay CEO <>
Date: Fri, 9 Sep 2022 06:23:14 -0700
Subject: $12,000,000,000 USD Payment Notification

RBC) Royal Bank Of Canada.
14 park ave Lac Du Bonnet Manitoba Canada
$12,000,000,000 USD Payment Notification

we are to Notify you about the latest development concerning your payment
that is left in our custody, besides,you are given a bill of Sum in order
to receive your payment $12,000,000,000 usd which we didn’t hear from you
for sometime now. Hence,we are now offering a New Year BONUS to help all
our customers that are having their payment in our custody due to high
prices. In other words we are now requesting that you should pay only the
sum of $50 to receive funds for your payment abandoned in our custody by
online transfer or ATM card if you wish so.
Therefore you are requested to send the fee $50 only by ITunes Card,or
Google Play CARD,amazon’ Steem Wallet is also ACCEPTED because it can be
redeemed to cash all we needs is picture of the card only

Be advised that the bank has already created an on-line transfer with the
account that opened in your favor this afternoon in which the
$12,000,000,000 Billion of your funds has been transferred to the account
that our bank opened in your favor. The on-line banking account details are
as follows.

*Welcome! To - Royal Bank Of Canada (RBC) Secure Account Page*
*Account Name*

*Account Type*

*Online Banking Account*
*Created Opened*

*Account Balance*

*Account Number*

*Royal Bank Sort Code*

*Country Ca*

*Name Of Bank (RBC)*
*International Money Transfer*


*Swift Code 053904483*
*Account Number 6021253365.*

I will be forwarding to you the account logging details to enable you
access your funds online and proceed on transfer to your designated bank
account in any part of the world Or Tracking Number Of Your ATM Card
Delivery to enable you Monitor the Arrived of your ATM without any further
delay as soon as you update us copy of iTunes card of the required Fee $50
to take note.

Your immediate compliance will be in your very best interest.

Yours Faithfully,
David I Mckay
The President and CEO.
Royal Bank Of Canada (RBC).
Head Office Location Address: 200 Bay Street
Royal Bank Plaza,
Toronto, ON, CA, M5J 2J5

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