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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: "ECO BANK INT'L" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <georgehamington@mailbox.hu>
Date: Tue, 9 Apr 2013 04:18:06 -0500
Subject: ALERT:YOUR PAYMENT IS IN SERIOUS DANGER....

>From The Desk Of: George Hamington.
Telelegram: Eko Bank Plc
Telephone:+234 708 2750967
E-mail

RE: CHANGE OF ACCOUNT PARTICULARS ON YOUR BENEFICIARY FILE.

I hereby send to you the information submitted by Mrs. Diane Thill From Philadelpia , with an application to receive the payment of $41.2million United States Dollars on your behalf. Please as a matter of urgency, you are required to verify the following information and inform us if you are aware or know anything about this.

1. Did you instruct one Mrs. Diane Thill From Philadelpia, whose information's is below, to claim and receive the payment on your behalf?

2. Did you sign any "Deed of Assignment" in his favor thereby making him the current beneficiary with the following account details: Account Name: Diane Thil, A/C #USD114-1025567-8, Bank Name:The Sovereign Bank, Philadelphia, Swift Code: SCBL 11K111.

Finally, you are hereby advised to indicate to this honorable office with immediate effect, if you are the person that instructed Mrs. Diane Thill to come forward for the claim of these funds

You are to call with the above Phone Number for more clarifications. You are hereby to send to this office your full information so that we the entire members of this bank will verify and to check Mrs. Diane Thill own file which he sent to us,so that we can know the real owner of this said amount.

1. Your Full Banking Details………………………………….
2. Your Contact Address…………………………………….
3. Your Telephone/Fax Number……………………………
4. Your Profesional/Relegion…………………………….
5. Your Age And Current Occupation………………….
6. Attach Copy of Your Identification…………………

We are very much aware that you are still in contact with some other office(s) and we hope you are fully ready to stop every communiccation with any other office(s) in order to enable us help you receive this fund.Call me on the Telephone number +234 708 2750967 for further details after you have send in the requested information as directed above.We wait to hear from you as soon as possible.If you know you are ready to comply fully with every directives of the bank in order to complete this,then you are kindly advised not to respond as this not a joke.

Mr. George Hamington
Director of Foreign Operations
Eko Bank Plc

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