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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: "Bank" <>
Date: Sat, 25 Nov 2006 11:21:48 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Attn: Mr. Rolando Grun,

Attn: Mr. Rolando Grun, This is the management of The Central Bank of West Africa. I was directed by Dr. Ahmed Siot, to write you this mail regarding your mail response we recieved. We whish to confrim to you that this funds was approved by The Dutch Financial Security Department in Amsterdam The Netherlands. And our bank The Central Bank of West Africa happen to been one of the trusted bank nominuted for this transfer. Be inform that you should contact our legal department on our bank telephone number or email address below for more confirmtion and directives. Person in charge our legal department is Mr.Donald K. Collins, Our bank contacts as fellows: The Central Bank of West Africa.Tel/Fax:+221 466 24 Contact our legal department with your banking information and your contacts such as telephone and fax numbers for your funds transfer. Thanks for your cooperation and I look forward in helping in this transaction. Best regards, Miss Julie
Atekatu.(Customer Service)Bank Of West Africa.TEL/FAX +221 466 24 23.

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