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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.David Turner" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2016 04:30:19 +0530
Subject: Get your Genuinely Financial Instrument from us.


I am a direct Mandate to a genuinely renowned Financial Instrument provider such as BG/SBLC at the best rates and with the
most feasible procedures.These Instruments are obtained in your favor from tripple'A' rated banks and institutions. Such
as: HSBC Bank, Barclays Bank or Deutsche Bank Frankfurt etc.
Kindly contact for genuine inquiries and I can provider you with the needed information.

Best Regards

Mr.David Turner

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