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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: "Alex Yves" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 16 May 2024 17:52:09 -0400
Subject: Re: Change of beneficiary bank details

Dear esteemed customer


Subject matter, acknowledgment of your death, the sole beneficiary and order to change of banking details

We received a new payment order dated April 19, 2024, to transfer the sum of $5,000,000.00 USD plus accrued interest of $50,000 USD, totaling $5,050,000.00 USD, to you. We sent two different email notifications to you a few weeks ago regarding this new development, and it's surprising that we haven't received any acknowledgement emails from you up until this time. I am sending you this email again as a reminder and to have your consent regarding the authorization letter we received from barrister Wang, Li, Zhang, and Liu with a copy of United States Passport No. 498206725 and was in the company of other counsels who undoubtedly claimed to be your representatives. I am requesting that you personally consent to this claim by barrister Wang, Li, Zhang, and Liu, who equally submitted a bank account with the HSBC Bank as your legally acceptable receiving bank details for the fund transfer. Please confirm the stated account details below, as we noticed that the account name is not your nam

Bank Name: HSBC Bank.
Bank Address: 452 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018, United States
Account number: 301896710676
Swift Code: MRMDUS33
Account Name: Abbas Abdullah Ali.
Address: 16820 6th Avenue WLynnwood, WA 98037, USA

It is our banking rules that we must have direct email or telephone contact with the fund beneficiary first before we can finally release the fund; therefore, I am officially contacting you directly on this authorization letter and the new bank account details submitted by barrister Wang, Li, Zhang, Liu for the remittance of your $5,050,000.00 USD.

Thank you for your attention, and I look forward to your prompt answer.

Best Regards

Manager, Lomé Union Depot
Route du 15, next to Adawlato, Assigame, and Grand Marché de
Lomé Togo
Phone: +228 9807 8165

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