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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: "BANK OF ENGLAND" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <bankofengland@super.lt>
Date: Sun, 10 Oct 2010 01:39:27 +0100
Subject: (CENTRAL BANK OF THE UNITED KINGDOM)

BANK OF ENGLAND (CENTRAL BANK OF THE UNITED KINGDOM )
Threadneedle St
London EC2R 8AH,United Kingdom
TEL: +44-702-401-5556
FAX : +44 (0)700 602 2073
 
 
APPROVAL REF: BOE/IRS/-UK-CBX/021/10
 
 
ATTN: Dear Contractor
 
From the records of outstanding contractors due for payment with the Federal Government of the UNITED KINGDOM, your name and company was discovered as next on the list of the outstanding contractors who have not received their payments.
 
If you receive this email,please keep in secure of your payment approval number secretly to your self.
 
I wish to inform you that your payment is being processed and will be released to you as soon as you respond to this letter. Also note that from my record in my file your outstanding contract payment is 70 Million Pounds ( Seventy Million Pounds ).
 
Please re-confirm to me if this is in line with what we have in your record and also re-confirm to me the followings:
 
1) Your full name:
2) Phone, fax and mobile:
3) Company name, position and address:
4) Profession, age and marital status:
5) Scanned copy of int'l passport or ID Copy:
 
As soon as this information is received, your payment will be made to you through our corresponded bank accros the world by International Telegraphic bank to Bank wire transfer,and also after transfer you bank will confirm the transfer in the next 24hours.
 
You must call me on my direct number as soon as you receive this letter for a serious discussion with me and also get back to me by replying back.
 
WE ARE SORRY FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE THE DELAY IN TRANSFERRING OF THIS FUND MUST HAVE CAUSED YOU AS A RESULT OF SIGNATURES AND APPROVAL STAMPS FROM THE WORLD BANK.
 
Regards,
 
Mr.Mervyn A. King
(Governor - Bank of England)
Direct line: +44-702-401-5556

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