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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: Thu, 1 May 2008 23:17:02 -0400

Ref: UK/7803XI/04Batch: 03/BT25/0306
ATTN ;Mr. H. A. van Huisstede
RE: Referral Code: EQ36Y07I write to inform you of the receipt of your cl=
aims form. However, after a careful consideration and verification of the=
information, we have gone ahead to process your claims and I am very ple=
ased to inform you that approval has been given and our corresponding ban=
k has been advised accordingly.Further to your application of claim of yo=
ur lottery prize awards winning be further advised that your application =
for payment has been approved for immediate remittance of your funds via =
International swift transfer/Bank certified draft as cash payment is mean=
t for resident winners only and our corresponding bank has been advised a=
ccordingly.Find here with the contact information of our corresponding ba=
nk quoting your referral code: Pls note that the bank MUST be contacted a=
s soon as you get this email , through the emails below=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=
=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3DBUTTERFIELD PRIVATE BANK TEL: +44 702 402 3=
376,+44 702 402 0893 FAX: +44 870 974 8431 EMAIL: customercare_bfpbank@ya=, CONTACT: MR PETER HOWARD=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=
=3D=3D=3D So please you are advised to contact the bank with effect from=
today with the above email/phone/fax informing them that you have been r=
eferred by Mrs. Meg McMillian, You must not forget to quote the above ref=
erral code in your email/fax/call to them becauseyour file will be traced=
by the code. You should also send your details just to verify what they =
are to receive from us. Please note that you must follow up by phone call=
s to ensure your claim is processed on time.Do not hesitate to contact us=
if you need further assistance.NB; Your amount won is 500 000GBPYour Bat=
ch and Ref Numbers are Batch: 03/BT25/0306 & Ref: UK/7803XI/04 The follow=
ing requirements should be sent to their offices for confirmation and fin=
al process for payment.=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=
=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D1, Referen=
ce Number2, Batch Number3, Full Names*4, Bank details .{IMPORTANT}5, A me=
dium of identification, ie either a copy ofdrivers license or internation=
al passport or any otherlegal means of identification.{IMPORTANT}6, Amoun=
t Won.7, Contact Phone Numbers=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=
pon submission of the required information as stated to their offices, yo=
u will be cleared for payment from their offices.Note: No deduction whats=
oever can be made on your prize money because your prize has been insure=
d to avoid fraudulent activities. You are responsible for the transfer c=
hargesfrom their courier offices. If you do not pay the transfer charges =
from their offices, your funds will not be transfered to your bank accoun=
t. Please be informed. You are advisedto comply with their delivery rules=
and regulations in order to receive your winnings as prompt as possible.=
Once again, we extend a warm congratulation to you for your lucky prize a=
wards winning which your fate has brought to you and hope you shall be wi=
lling to participate in subsequent Lottery jackpots. Contact us for furth=
er inquiry and assistance (IF ANY). We are at your complete disposal for =
efficient and reliable services.Yours Faithfully,Mrs. Meg McMillian=20

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