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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: Hassan Dankwambo <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2009 14:25:10 +0000
Subject: Attention:Beneficiary

I want to use this opportunity to congratulate you, its all about your contract inherited fund. Your file is among the file that am going with to One HSBC Center Buffalo NY 14203 United State that is our paying bank, for the transfer of your fund.
You are advised to reconfirm this information to enable us proceed.
Full Name;
Contact Address;
Direct Phone Number;
We are using H.S.B.C Bank New York as our corresponding bank because of the high level of corruption going on in Africa and Europe.
Understand that as soon as I arrive in the state my information will be given to you to enable you contact me there. I will wait for the re-confirmation of your information, your direct telephone number is very important in this transaction.
Call me as soon as you get this message on +234-8032144056
Best regards,
Mr. H.I Dankwambo Accountant General Federal Republic Of Nigeria TEL: +234-8032144056

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