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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:

Date: Tue, 24 Jul 2007 11:54:52 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Attension.


Compliment Of The Day.
I Am A Legal Representative Of (N.D.I.C). A Federal Government Insurance Firm Covering Outstanding Foreign Payment. I Wish To Notify You About A Fund That Was Deposited In The London Bank On Your Behalf Awaiting Further Transfer On Verification Of Your Authenticity Being The Real Bonafide Of This Money. Today We Have Been Contacted By The England Bank That They Have Been Making Several Attempt To Contact You For Advise And Guideline Regarding Releasing Your Money, But You Could Not Be Reached, This Necessitated Sending You This Mail.

The Money In Question Is About To Declare Ghost Or Unclaimed Fund But I Deemed It Very Necessary To Notify About This Development As To Enable You To Contact The London Bank Yourself And Find Out When And How You Want Your Fund Be Transferred And To Which Account.

You Are Also Expected To Get Back To Me For Confirmation Of Your Receipt To This Notice It Is
Also For Me To Know Your Discussion With The Bank.
This Letter Serves As Final Notice, And Any Delay In Responding Should Not Be Of Your Interest. You Have Been Well Informed.

Best Regards.

Clifford Smith.
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