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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: NATWEST BANK LONDON <manager_irs_natwestbank@yahoo.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2007 12:44:47 +0100 (BST)
Subject: HIGLY URGENT


THE MANAGER,
INTERNATIONAL REMITTANCE SECTION,
NATWEST BANK LONDON,
98 ST.PAULS CHURCHYARD,
CITY OF LONDON,
LONDON,EC4M 8BU.
DIRECT LINE:+447024017565
FAX:+447000942964, +447000942997

: manager_irs_natwestbank@yahoo.co.uk
: manager_irs_natwestbank@uk2.net
: manager_irs_natwestbank@financemail.net



ATTN:Ms Winifride Bieberer
Werneckplatz 17
Pegnitz
51394
Germany

IT IS MY PLEASURE TO BRING TO YOUR KNOWLEDGE THAT THE MANAGEMENT OF THIS BANK HAVE DECIDED TO BRING YOUR FUND TO YOU SPAIN FOR YOU THROUGH A DIPLOMATIC MEANS.THIS WILL BE DELIVERED TO YOU BY OUR REPRESENTATIVES/DIPLOMATS THAT WILL COME FROM LONDON TO EITHER SPAIN FOR YOUR FUND.

THIS DEVELOPMENT CAME AFTER THE MANAGEMENT MEETING MORNING WHICH MADE US REALIZE THAT AFTER THE PROCESSES FOLLOWED SO FAR IN THE PAST TO TRANSFER YOUR MONEY THROUGH THE TELEGRAPHIC WIRE TRANSFER OF THE BANK WHICH COULD NOT WORK OUT DUE TO SOME CERTAIN UPHEAVALS WHICH WE DID NOT FORESEE.

AS A MATTER OF FACT, THS 2 REPRESENTATIVES/DIPLOMATS SLATED TO DELIVER YOUR MONEY WILL LEAVE TOMMORROW FOR HEATROW AIRPORT IN UNTED KINGDOM AND WILL ENROUTE TO SPAIN WHITHIN 48 HRS,ONCE THEY REACH SPAIN THEY WILL IMMEDIATELY CONTACT YOU ON PHONE AND NOTIFY YOU ON HOW TO RECEIVE YOUR MONEY.

HOWEVER,THEY WILL SPEND A LITTLE TIME IN SPAIN TO DELIVER THE FUND TO YOU,WE URGE YOU TO ENSURE THAT YOU COMPLY WITH WHAT EVER DIRECTIVES AND INSTRUCTIONS THAT WILL COME FROM THEN BECAUSE THEY WILL HAVE SOME DOCUMENTS FOR YOU TO SIGN WHICH COMFERS THE OWNERSHIP TITLE TO YOU AND MAKES YOU THE TRUE BENEFICIARY OF THE FUND CONTAINED IN THE BOX.

WE HAVE ARRANGED THIS THROUGH OUR MANAGEMENT TO ENABLE YOU RECIEVE YOUR PRIZE WITH NO STRESS.

YOU ARE ADVICED TO SUPLLY OR RECOMFIRM THIS INFORMATIONS;


NAMES...
HOUSE ADRESS...
CONTACT PHONE NO.
INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT

THIS IS TO ENABLE US ASCERTAIN THE LEVEL OF CORRECTNESS OF THE INFORMATION WE HAVE TO AVOID MIXUP THAT MAY LEAD TO WRONG PERSON RECEIVING THE CONSIGNMENT IN SPAIN.
WE REGRET EVERY INCONVINIENCE THIS HAS CAUSED IN THE PAST AND PROMISE YOU THAT THERE WILL NOT BE ANY PROBLEM.

HOWEVER YOU MAY CHOOSE BETWEEN HOLLAND AND SPAIN WHICH OF THESE
COUNTRIES THAT YOU CAN ENTER IMMEDIATELY.



Best Wishes,



Yours faithfully,
Mr John Duke.
+447024017565
Manager Manager Int'l remittance Section (IRS)
Natwest Bank London.





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