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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: notice winning <identification12@msn.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2009 21:51:55 +0000
Subject: Important notice From Hsbc London












WORLD BANK GROUP AND UNITED
NATION ORGANIZATION
OFFICIAL CONTRACT PAYMENT
UNIT.
Our Ref: UNO
/SNT/CTB
RELEASE CODE No: 0763
Attn:
Beneficiary
U.S.A Government,
World Bank And United
Nations Organization Official Has Approved To Pay You Part
Payment Of Your Inheritance Fund And Lottery/Award Winning Payment Valued Of
USD8.3m.
The British
Prime Minister in conjunction with U.S.A GOVERNMENT,
WORLD BANK AND UNITED NATIONS ORGANIZATION do hereby give this irrevocable
approval order with This Release Code: GNC/3480/02/09 In Your Favor For Your
Contract Entitlement And Your Inheritance Fund Which You Have Not Received Yet,
Now It Was Approved By The World Bank, That Your Contract/Inheritance Fund
should be released through UNITED NATIONS ORGANIZATION. So You Are Advised To
Present Any Of Your Choice, On How You Want To Receive Your Fund, Either By BANK
DRAFT OR BY ATM CARD OR WIRE TRANSFER, So In Regards To The Transfer You Can
Provide Any Of Your BANK
ACCOUNT DETAILS For The Transfer Of Your Fund With Out
Delay. I Am Contacting You In Regards To The Instruction Given By United
Nations, Please I Will Urge You To Try And Indicate On How
You Want Your Fund To Be Released To You From The Three Options
Above.
As a matter of fact,
you are required to Deal and Communicate only with Mr. Steve Barclays HEAD
OF TELEX DEPT. OF HSBC GROUP UNITED KINGDOM, with the help of monitory
team from the HSBC OF NEW YORK which is our official remitting bank, Committee
On Foreign Payment Matters in United Nations, has look up to make sure you
receive your Fund. So contact: Mr. Steve Barclay on his contact
information, Direct Hsbc Email: steve.hsbclondon4@gmail.com For
immediate release of your contract/inheritance/Award Winning claim, be informed
that you are not allowed to correspond with any person or office anymore due to
the ongoing illegal activities, you are required to send bellow information for
your transfer.
1) YOUR FULL
NAME:
2) ADDRESS, CITY, STATE AND COUNTRY:
3) PERSONAL CELL PHONE, FAX AND
MOBILE:
4) COMPANY NAME
(IF ANY) POSITION AND ADDRESS:
5) BANK NAME:
6) BANK ADDRESS:
7)
ACCOUNT NUMBER:
8) ROUTING
NUMBER OR SWIFT
CODE NO:
9) OCCUPATION, AGE AND MARITAL STATUS:
10)
COPY OF YOUR INT'L PASSPORT/DRIVERS LICENSE:
Note: Your Personal
Contact/Communication Code With Hsbc Bank Is (HSBC901 ), You Are Advice To Send
Your Full Banking Information To The Hsbcbank
London, Telex Dept Headed By Mr.
Steve Barclay And Make Sure You Speak With Him or email him ,
With Your New Payment Code For The Release Of Your Payment And Send To Him All
Your Banking Information Now.
Best
Regards
Chairman Committee
on Foreign Contract and Inheritance fund Payment Notification from United
Nations and USA Government.
Sir.
Eric Ben.
CC. Hsbcbank Group
London






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