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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: "manny james" <>
Date: Sun, 1 Jun 2008 09:41:24 -0700

Attn:The beneficiary,

I am Mr. James Manny, from Citi Bank Group London,This is to bring to your
notice that my office has taking over all the money Transaction
originated from any part of African and Europe countries as Contract
payment, Fund Inheritance or Lottery Winning due to
Unauthorized/incapability of financial
Institutions/security companies in releasing

such huge sum of money due to Fraud, terrorist and money laundry activities
going on worldwide.
The World Bank Group has Mandated the Citi Bank Group London via my office
to release funds to
beneficiaries through ATM CARD, Hence Your Name appears as one of the fund
beneficiaries whom their fund was Successfully cleared recently from
Terrorist and Money laundry and your
money will be released to you Through ATM CARD,
that will be usable from any ATM Machine in
your country been the only way you would receive your money to avoid paying
excess charges, As regard to this arrangement, you are advised to get back
to me (telex director) through Tel/fax no: +447006035545 or my personal
email address
( but it is better by fax.

You are therefore advised to forward your direct
telephone numbers, your complete name and address for immediate release of
your money.
Be aware that the amount due for you for now is Two Million United States
Dollars Only (US2,000,000.00).Be also informed that the Fund Approvals and
authorization document Including Anti-terrorist Clearance Certificate was
issued in your name and has been handed over to our office to release to you
through our official fast courier company,therefore be aware that your fund
has obtained all her clearance to be released to you.

Thanks for Your Cooperation.

Mr. James Manny
(Telex Director Citi Bank Group London.)

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