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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: "{Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation}" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 28 Aug 2010 18:36:32 +0100
Subject: ***Telex Notification***

>From the Desk of:
Andy Johnson
Credit Manager, Remittance Dept.
HSBC Banking Group London.

Attention: (Category “A” beneficiary).

This is to notify you that your overdue winning / inheritance funds valued $15.5 Million United States Dollars has been gazettes to be released, via key telex transfer (KTT) - direct wire transfer to you by the British Common house committee for foreign overdue fund transfer.

Meanwhile, a man came to my office few days ago with a letter, claiming to be your True representative. Here is his information:

Name: Dr. Nassir Abdella Said Ba-Salim
Bank Name: The Commerce Bank
Bank Address: 1837, Richmond av. Staten Island, New York
Account Number: 7920507852
Routing No: 026-013-673
Swift Code: CBNAUS33

Also attached, is a Power of attorney document, ceding claims rights to the aforementioned, do reconfirm to this office, as a matter of urgency if this man is from you, so that we will not be held responsible for paying into the wrong account name. HSBC bank have been approved and accredited by the British Financial department and the British common house committee for foreign overdue fund, to pay all foreign overdue contract payment, winnings and inheritance funds to respective original beneficiaries.

However, we shall proceed to issue all payments details to the said Dr.Nassir Abdella Said Ba-Salim, if we do not hear from you within the next seven working days from today.

Best Regards,

Mr. Andy Johnson
Credit Manager, Remittance Dept, HSBC Banking Group London.

Cc: All foreign Inheritance Funds
Cc: British Financial Department

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