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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 17 May 2007 15:51:54 +0100

Fidelity Bank Plc RC. 103022 HEAD OFFICE : 2,Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island, Lagos. Tele/Fax: 234-1-7241073 Our Ref: FBP/0905/LD/007 Your Ref:………………… Date:17-05-07 Attention Sir/Madam, RE: INTEREST REMITTANCE ADIVCE This is to officially inform you that we received an instruction from the presidency through our Apex Bank that all accrued interest on contract sum/ inheritant fund that was deposited into our Bank before the principle sum was withdrawn by the Federal Government of Nigeria should not be declared as dividend instead the beneficiary should be contacted and the interest paid to them. You are therefore advice to contact our Accounting Manager Foreign Operation Manager Mr.JAMES ATTA Executive Director on his direct line 234-80-7580-3975 or his private Email: ( immediately for more directives as there is an accrued interest of $2.5m in your favour as result of your contract sum deposited with us. Equally, note that you may be required to forward your bank information including copies of your international passport or drivers license for identification. We would appreciate your urgent response regarding the aboveInformation as this enables our bank to treat the transfer with urgency. Yours faithfully,MR.James AttaExecutive Director.Foreign Operation Manager.Fidelity Bank Plc.
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