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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: "Kexim Bank (UK) Ltd" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2023 21:01:33 -0000
Subject: Fund Release Notice

Dear Beneficiary;
Due to the Government findings, this notice has been classified 100% Confidential! Please read carefully before replying for positive and quality service.
First, this is a Department Created by the UK Government, and every transaction here is treated with utmost privacy/confidentiality. We now bring to your notice that your payment files from different banks, as verified by The London Home Office (LHO) and our Bank Security Monetary Team, were compiled and submitted for review. The total sum mentioned and approved amounts to the total of GBP28,600,000.00 (Twenty Eight Million Six Hundred Thousand Great British Pounds Sterling). Now the fund is presently in a Secure Escrow Account (Non deductible) here in our bank, while waiting for accreditation for a final transfer to any bank account of your choice as to ensure a smooth and easy release without any hitch as mandated by the Authorities.
Meanwhile, after due scrutiny and verification, We confirm that you have fulfilled all the necessary obligations that will enable the release of your payment to you, but yet your payment was not released to you due to one flimsy excuses or the other from the Bank officials in charge of your payment, because they had the intention of diverting your fund to their private accounts in order to satisfy their selfish interest or for some other good reasons with the monetary Authorities.
Now, all formalities regarding your fund release have been put in place with our bank through the LHO. Thus, your fund has been made ready for final release via the easiest means (Bank to Bank wire transfer). You are required to re-confirm banking details to us as to enable us process the final transfer/confirmation of your long awaited fund in your bank account as instructed. Note: All approval documents shall be made available to you in our next mail for a swift completion and confirmation of the approved GBP28,600,000.00 in your possession.
In anticipation for your urgent cooperation
Yours sincerely,
Mr. Matthew Victor
For Kexim Bank (UK) Ltd
Moorgate Hall, 155 Moorgate,
London EC2M 6XB UK.

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