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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: "TD Bank" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 31 Jul 2023 00:07:34 -0700
Subject: HI

TD Bank Foreign Debt Management Department
Address: 55 King St W, Toronto, ON M5K 1A2, Canada.
Our Ref: TDB-XXX2023.LNH

It is my modest obligation to write you this letter in regards to the authorization of your owed payment through our most respected financial institution (Toronto Dominion Bank). I am Mr. Don Francis, the Director Foreign Debt. Management Department of Toronto Dominion Bank Canada. In conjunction with the US Government Organization on foreign payment matters has empowered my bank after much consultation and consideration, to handle all foreign payments and release them to their appropriate beneficiaries.

Be informed that your payment is on the last batch list that will receive their payment before the end August 2023. Be advised that because of too many funds beneficiaries due for payment at this last batch of the year, you are entitled to receive the sum of $13.5 Million USD, only as your payment please kindly re-confirm the following information:

1, Your Name 2, Address 3, Telephone number 4, Age and occupation: to enable us to proceed. Am urgently hope to get your response as soon as possible

Yours Sincerely,

Mr. Don Francis

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