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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: "carrie ellen" <ellencarrie1@mailbox.hu>
Date: Mon, 2 Jun 2008 04:11:35 -0700
Subject: RE-APPROVED PAYMENT CLAIMS


* *

*WORLD BANK AUDITORS*

SITTING PRUDENTLY IN THE SOUTH AFRICA PRIME FINANCIAL INSTITUTION

(RESERVED BANK OF SOUTH AFRICA)

253 Vorna valley avenue, midrand, Gauteng South Africa post code 1686

Attn: Beneficiary,

RE-APPROVED PAYMENT CLAIMS

Following the urgent signal we received from bank of America/Bank of England
and African development Bank concerning your payment from reserve account
they have with us, be informed now that your payment will now be effected
from any of our accredited paying institution.

During the auditing and vetting of your files it was discovered from the
records of outstanding transfer's due for payment which have been delayed by
many officials and some of your agents from the source of origin of your
fund. In the light of the outcome of the board of director's meeting few
days back, be informed that your name is among the list to receive their
payment/transfer which has been delayed.

We wish to officially notify you that your payment is being processed and
the part payment of Ten million, Eight Hundred and fifty thousand United
States dollars ($10.850, 000) will be released to you as soon as you respond
to this letter.

Kindly re-confirm to us if this is inline with what you have in your record
and also re-confirm the information below to enable this office proceed and
finalize your fund remittance without further delays and also stop further
contact with all those that claims to help you as they are trying to divert
your fund to TECHNOLOGY GENERAL CORPORATION ACCOUNT (NEW-JERSEY) .Is it your
sister company?. Please clarify and Kindly forward the below information's
to this office to enable us process your claim and effect payment to you
accordingly.

1) Your full name.

2) Phone, fax and mobile #.

3) Company name, position and address.

4) Profession, age and marital status.

As soon as the above information's are received, you will be duly
communicated on the procedures/mode of payment which is in line with the
agreement reached with the European Union (EU)and African union(AU).Urgently
reach out through the below contact address: carrieellen4@gmail.com

Yours Sincerely,

DR Mrs Ellen Carrie

DIRECTOR CREDIT CONTROL

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