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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. Lewis George"
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2023 08:20:06 -0700
Subject: Dear Esteemed Customer, Its My Pleasure Contacting You Today...s

Dear Esteemed Customer,

We are writing to inform you that due to the delay in your response we have finally agreed to release your Fund to the Indian Bank for immediate transfer to any personal bank account of your choice and after the prestigious board of trustees meeting held on Thursday last week the transaction was approved and we have transferred your fund to our afflicted Bank Of India Head Office New Delhi India. So kindly contact Reserve Bank Of India (RBI) on the details below with all your details such as Receiver's Name, Current Address,Telephone #, e-mail ID and account details of your choice where the Fund US$2.850 Million will be transferred to.

Below are their contact details:
RBI Bank
RESERVE BANK OF INDIA (Foreign Transfer Unit).
Address: 6 Sansad Marg, New Delhi - 110001, India.
Contact Person: DR. S. R. PRAKASH
General Manager, Foreign Transfer Unit.
E-Mail: ( )

Kindly contact the Reserve Bank Of India (RBI) Director Dr. S. R. Prakash as soon as you have received this mail today because i have forwarded all your details to them and they will be waiting for you to contact them in regards to the transfer of your Fund to your personal bank account without any delay.

I wait for your update as soon as you have received your Fund from the Reserve Bank Of India.

Committee Secretary General
Federal Ministry Of Finance
Mr. Lewis George

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