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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: "First Active Bank England" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 1 Jun 2009 17:50:23 -0700
Subject: Payment Reference: H1EBC-04-FAB

Attention: Honorable Beneficiary
Payment Reference: H1EBC-04-FAB

Congratulation to you, following the resolution and agreement reached by officials of the British Security Council, the African Union, European Union, Board of World Bank Delegates after their last meeting regarding the corrupt practices by the officials of the affiliate Banks and whom made it virtually impossible for you to receive your payment after contract / inheritance completion

We hereby confirm payment advice in your favour.

Instruction has been given to us by the depositor to carry out the wire transfer to your bank account in the sum of US$1,700,000.00.
You are required to open an E-Advantage Non-Residential account with us where we can deposit your fund for online banking.
We shall instruct you on procedure for setting up this account via the internet on receipt of your response.

If you do not wish to set up an account with us, inform us and we will process the fund for wire transfer to your oversea account, should in case you do not want to set up E-Advantage Non-Residential account with us, please provide or reconfirm your banking information where you want us to wire the fund(US$1,700,000.00)

Note that I can be reach on my mobile phone from 9:00am to 11:00pm UK time only, meanwhile is better to always call me on my mobile because most time I will be attending meeting during the working hours and some time i will go out of my office to attend meeting in various ministry across the UK or across the Europe. Please try and always call me on my mobile.

With rapt urgency, kindly re-confirm to me your payment details.

Yours sincerely,
Dr.Claudio Raineri.
Deputy Governor
Monetary Policy

First Active Bank
PO Box 12168, BIRMINGHAM, B2 2AD.
United Kingdom
Tel +44 704 576 8661 Ext 200
Mobile +44 709 287 8286
+44 703 189 2980
Fax: +44 700 600 3470

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