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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: ahmed bello <>
Date: Thu, 13 Apr 2023 03:03:47 -0700


Dear Sir

We have this 12th day of April, 2023, received again payment credit
instruction from the United Nations and World bank to credit your account
with your compensation funds allocated in your name to the tune of
US$2,000,000.00, (Two million United States Dollars) from their reserve
accounts with us. However, you shall require re-confirming the following
details as specified below to affect the transfer aforementioned above to
your designated account details through our Bank Manager's email contact as
he is waiting to hear from you, Name: Martinez Gomez , Email:( :
{1}. Your Full Name and Address.
{2}. Your Confidential Tel, Cell and Fax.
{3). Your Bank name and address.
{4). Your A/c Name and A/c Numbers.
(5). Your Swift Code / Routing Numbers.
Please do provide the above information accurately, because this office
cannot afford to be held liable for any wrong transfer of funds or
liability of funds credited into a ghost account.

Thanks for banking with us while we looking forward to serve you.


Ahmed Bello Jose .

( Director of Foreign Operations, Banco Santander, Alcala Branch, Madrid

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