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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: "First Trust & Deposit Company" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2009 11:15:45 +0100
Subject: Fund Alert, Verify Your Contact !!!

Dear Beneficiary,

This is to officially inform you that we have verified your file as you have not received your overdue payment occasioned due to the fact that you have not fulfilled the due obligations given to you in respect to your payment. This is to inform you that a deposited fund of Four Hundred Thousand United States Dollar (US$400,000.00) has been approved for immediate remittance to you as instructed by The Resolution Panel and Senate Committee on Appropriation & Finance as initiated by the First Trust Funding Scheme.

Reply to the funds co-ordinator assigned to you, Mr. Felix Delapaz with immediate effect, the preferable method of payment thus: -

i. INTERNATIONAL CERTIFIED BANK DRAFT: This mode will require an International Certified Draft/Cheque sent to you via a contracted courier firm which will deliver to you at your residential address in your country depending on agreed stipulated mode and time of delivery.

ii. BANK TRANSFER: This will require the initiation of an online bank transfer with the paying bank (Falcon International Bank) upon which your funds will be transferred into your nominated bank account.

Your reply must be directed to;
Name: Mr. Felix Delapaz

For the purpose of clarification, you are to reconfirm your Full Names, Direct Telephone Numbers, Physical Address with Zip Code for the remittance of the funds to you in your country of residence. Remember to quote your file number *RPSCAF/58539/FTDC*.

Your quick response will be highly appreciated.

Thanks for your co-operation.

Yours truly,
Dr. Bill Jones
Director of Operations
First Trust & Deposit Company®

This e-mail message (including attachments, if any) is intended for the use of the individual or entity to which it is addressed and may contain information that is privileged, proprietary, confidential and exempt from disclosure. If you are not the intended recipient, you are notified that any dissemination, distribution or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please notify the sender and erase this e-mail message immediately.

Copyright© 2009 First Trust & Deposit Company®

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