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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: Sat, 25 Jul 2009 10:15:26 +0200

Re: Contract fund accumulated interest payment at the tune of US$3,500,000.00
Dear Contractor/Nest of Kin,
I am Mr. William Gerri, the Director: International Banking/ Monetary Index of Abbey Bank International London United Kingdom . This is the Third time your payment file has come to my table for immediate payment, and each time an Executive Order will come from the Nigerian government ordering that your fund should be recalled Back to the Central Bank of Nigeria Lagos / Abuja without any genuine reason.
For the good interest of your contract fund, can you furnish me with the misunderstanding between you and the government of Nigeria and her officials, or is somebody trying to sabotage your fund thereby nullifying your efforts (S) as a contractor/ Next of Kin. Meanwhile, our payment Settlement System (PSS) has received another Irrevocable Release Order from the office of the Newly elected government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to pay You of the accumulated interest of your overall contract fund valued at US$3,500,000 (Three Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) only to your bank Account with the Korea Exchange Bank Limited, Diego Branch, Account #: 021-J-101567-1USD Swift: KE BB TH.
Hence I will not recall your fun back to the Central Bank of Nigeria until I hear your own side of the Story, if I am convinced by your explanation, I will make the payment with or without the consent Of the Nigerian authority. This will take place upon the confirmation from the Nigerian contract coordinator London office that you are the actual contractor. You are advised to contact the coordinator on the below contact details within three days of the receipt of this email on the above banking details, to enable us wire your accrued interest.
Contact person: Mr. Ahmed Bello
Tel: 00442030868209 ext 10
Be also advised that the Abbey Bank International London United Kingdom will adopt the terms and Conditions of the international transfer laws and regulations in the Telegraphic Transfer Payment Act, with respect to the Bank of England Capital Flight Regulatory Act of 1973 with regards to the Current confirmation of payment approvals from the Treasury Department and the Bank of England.
Note*** *The Abbey bank International will not be held liable for any wrong remittance as a result of your non-compliance with the reconfirmation of your giving bank account with the Korea Exchange Bank Limited Diego Branch.
Yours truly,
Mr. William Gerri
International Banking/ Monetary Index

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