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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: STANDARD TRUST BANK BANK <standardtrust_foreign_remmitance@yahoo.fr>
Date: Tue, 7 Nov 2006 21:48:26 +0100 (CET)
Subject: EXTRIMLY URGENT.


STANDARD TRUST BANK PLC



FUNDS REMITTANCE AND CASH TRANSFER DEPT.
STANDARD TRUST BANK PLC
OFFICE OF DIRECTOR
EXCHANGE CONTROL AND CLAIM DEPT
STANDARD TRUST PLAZA
UTFSC PLAZA #1 BANK ROAD WUSE-FCT
ABUJA –NIGERIA.

Date:-7TH November,2006


STRICTLY TO: BURKHART BEICH



SUBJECT: TRANSFER/PAYMENT NOTICE


THE ABOVE SUBJECT REFERS:-

This is to formally acknowledge the receipt of your email for the transfer of your Prize payment from the Australia Lottery program.

You payment /confirmation slip will be issued to you by our bank as soon as we receive the cost of transfer [C.O.T] which you will send with the name of the account officer with the information below:

Senders name [ your names]
receivers name: mr kenneth Abba
Address: #1 bank Road Wuse FCT Abuja Nigeria
Text question : Coulor
Text Answer: Green
Amount: 8000 Euro
MTCN..........................................


You are to send the charge through western union money transfer immediately. Scan and send to us the payment information immediately to enable us Prepare your check.


OUR REGARDS.

MR.JOHN SMITH,
STANDARD TRUST BANK PLC
(DIRECTOR, EXCHANGE CONTROL AND
INTERNATIONAL REMITTANCE).
PHONE: +234-8030976226
WEBSITE:www.standardtrustbank.co.uk.md




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