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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: Dr Goodluck James <drjamesgoodluck1@yahoo.co.in>
Reply-To: drgoodluckjames1@yahoo.co.in
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2008 21:49:37 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Respond Urgent,


FROM==DR GOODLUCK JAMES
INTERCONTINENTAL BANK
ACCRA GHANA

ATTENTION==ACCOUNT OWNER 11/4/2008.

URGENT TRANSFER OF $10.5USD MILLION INTO YOUR ACCOUNT.

THIS IS TO INFORM YOU THAT WEST APEX BANK (ADB) JUST APPROVED OUR BANK TO TRANSFER THE SUM OF $10.5 USD MILLION INTO YOUR ACCOUNT IMMEDAITELY.

YOU’RE ADVICED TO RECONFIRM YOUR CURRENT ACCOUNT INFORMATIONS TO AVOID MISTAKE OR REDIRECTION OF FUNDS TO ANOTHER ACCOUNT BASED ON THE DISCRIPANCES GOING ON IN THE BANKING SECTOR.

NOTE YOUR ARE CALL DR GOODLUCK JAMES ON 233249978479 FOR YOUR TRANSFER PIN NUMBER AND YOUR PAYMENT SLIP WITHIN 24 HOURS TO AVOID SENDING THIS FUNDS BACK AS UNCLAIMED FUNDS.

CONGRATULATIONS.

DR GOODLUCK JAMES
DIRECTOR INTERONTINENTAL BANK GHANA .
drgoodlouckjames1@yahoo.co.in


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