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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: "Orient Platinum Bank" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 18 Jul 2012 20:35:36 -0800
Subject: EURO CREDIT BANK PLC

EURO CREDIT BANK PLC
Headquarters,246 Tideslea
Path, West Phamesmead ,
London SE28 ONH ,
United Kingdom ,

Attention: Beneficiary.

SIR

RE:INSTRUCTION TO CREDIT YOUR ACCOUNT WITH THE SUM OF US$10.500,000.00.

This is the second time we are notifying you about the status of your fund presently in my desk.After due vetting and evaluation of your Inheritance file in conjunction with the World Bank Auditor General and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) assessment report which The Ministry of Finance of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Forwarded us to see to your Immediate payment.

>From our findings you have been going through hard ways by paying a lot of charges to see to the release of your Fund ($10.500,000.00.)which has been delayed. We advice that you stop further communication with any Correspondence from Nigeria. You do not have to pay any more money to receive your funds, The only thing required from you is to obtain your Non-Resident Clearance Form/Receipt which we are not asking you to pay the fee to us here in United Kingdom as the Government of Nigeria has paid us for handling/processing of your Payment with other customers.

We will help you to see that you obtain the form so that our bank will effect Immediate transfer of your inheritance sum ($10.500,000.00.) in to your designated bank account. If you follow up our directives your fund will reflect in your account within five working Bank days from the day you obtain this form. Do not go through anybody again but through this Bank if you really want your fund. Reconfirm to us the following details in your return mail.and also forward your reply to service office.. make your contact to Mr David Cust Email(davidcust1@gmail.com)

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2. Residential Address: -------------
3. Phone Number: ------------------
4. Fax Number: ---------------------
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Yours in Service,

REGARD

MRS HELLEN WILLIAMS.

Tel :+44-7924324046
Telfax: +44-7700222521
EURO CREDIT BANK PLC

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