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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: "Mark Smith" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2023 12:06:59 +0100

Our Ref: UN/CPO/WB/845/2022



In the course of our General Auditing and Account revision of this second quarter of the year 2023, we discovered that the Bank Accounts belonging to some Benefactors have been changed on the basis that the owners were no longer alive some time last year or have given out an authorization note of change of data.

After the investigations however, it was revealed that there are Foreigners who are collaborating with Retired Staffs to make these changes illegally without the knowledge of the Bonafide Benefactors and one traced to your own change is Mr. Mike Grant and Mr. Morgan Strauss who said you are no more alive , so as to divert your Funds to the below account.

They have also forwarded this bank account below as the new account that will receive this money.

Bank: Hang Seng Bank
Bank Address: 83 Des Veoux Road, Central - Hong Kong
Account Name: JOHN DAVIS
Account Number: 235-325172-882
Bank Code: 024
Swift Code: HASEHKHH

But we wanted to confirm if actually this is true and hence decided to write to your email address which after 2 days from now and there is no response, we will then know that you are dead indeed and go on with the transfer. If proved otherwise by you that you did not die, please forward to us all the related Benefactors particulars including your Telephone number, contact address. Copy of your ID these details from you will help to assist us reach a conclusion that you are STILL ALIVE

Anything contrary to this claim will help us charge this man to court and prosecute him while your fund will be paid to you immediately without any further delay. You have to get back to us on time for us to commence legal proceedings against these Mr. Mike Grant and Mr. Morgan Strauss Associates and their accomplices.

Note: to help us fish these people out anywhere they are, this message should not be forwarded to them or anybody, and also stop whatever you are doing with them it is for your own good. Be very careful whatever you are doing with these crooks. For your own good Stop sending money to this crooks I promise you this commission most assist you to make sure your funds gets to you in good condition without delay only if you can comply with our advice please you are advice to state all the amount you sent to this crooks called

Yours in Service,
{CODE 001}
Mark Smith (Head Auditor
Rhounda Murray (secretary)

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