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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: "MR. KENT OXFORD" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <overseasfinance0@sify.com>
Date: Mon, 9 Nov 2009 17:19:51 +0800
Subject: OVERSEAS FINANCE NOTIFICATION

OVERSEAS SECURITY FINANCE LONDON.
P.O.Box 315. 40 Oxford Road, High Wycombe,
Bucks Hp 11E, London UK.
Ref:UK/9420X2/68
Batch:074/05/ZY369
26-10--2009
Greetings: Beneficiary
We hereby confirmed receipt of part payment of US$10,500,000.00 dollars only, into our official ESCROW account with the Overseas Finance London by order of the Central Newly Introduced 2009 Settlement Of Debt Scheme (SDS) in charge of Foreign Debt Recovery Committee on Overdue Contract / Next of Kin payments in Africa, as indicated in our database.
This programmed was introduced to all bank in Africa, for payment and settlement of Foreign Debt, as the African Nation, has suffered a lot of loss because of debts owed internationally, the 2008 budget has the payment order and you are approved and scheduled for payment immediately, forthwith and unconditionally, your funds would hit your account in the next 24 hours as soon as you meet the requirements for the payment.
 
Kindly provide us with the below information by fax # +44-87-0912-6313,or Email:(overseasfinance0@sify.com to reconfirm your details in our database for immediate remittance into your designated account;
 
Beneficiary name:....
 
Address:........
Tel:..................
 
Fax .
 
Receiving Bank:......
Address:....................
 
Bank Routing Number:.............. Swift Code:....
 
Account number..........
 
We sincerely apologize for the delays and advice you to STOP any further communication with your associate in any of the African countries for they contributed 100% hindrances to the release of your funds. Our final fund release order will be forwarded to our operational paying finance, the Overseas Security, UK for immediate transfer of your allocation into your designated account upon receipt and official re-confirmation of your information in our database.
Note: We only pay through direct bank to bank Wire transfer.
Your full co-operation is fully required, as this might be the only available payment order for the year.
 
 
Note: Fund will be retrieved to treasury after ten (10) business days of this notice.
 
 
 
Best Regards
MR. KENT OXFORD
DIRECTOR OVERSEAS SECURITY FINANCE U.K
Fax: +44-87-0912-6313,
 

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