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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: "Quill" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 7 Jul 2009 02:14:27 +0100
Subject: Comptroller

Comptroller of the Currency
Independence Square
250 E Street, SW
Washington, DC
Direct Tel/fax No: {1 206-202-3528}

Attn: Contractor/Beneficiary

Swift / telegraphic transfer of contract debt settlement. /inheritance beneficiaries

Sequel to the arrangement between the OCC and the British government in conjunction with the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The Office of the Comptroller of the currency (OCC) Administration of the National Bank have today received a telex information at about 09.15 a.m. from the Director, Foreign Debt Management, Office of the Federal Reserve Treasury, United Kingdom ( Mr. James Morrison) instructing this office to prepare a credit facilities which will be debited from the United Kingdom International Stock Exchange facilities with this organization OCC- Washington.

In order to receive the above-mentioned payment, which is On-Hold with us, you are therefore requested to contact the genuinely appointed Director, Foreign Debt Management of FRTUK. BOA (Mr. James Morrison) on Tel: +44 704-577-5962 Fax: +44 709- 284 -0444, Email: to sign/ issue you with the FOREIGN EXCHANGE FUNDS CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE /FOREIGN EXCHANGE COMMISSION FUNDS MONETARY UNIT./ FIN-103 RELEASE CODE and all so reconfirm banking information relating to this payment as was shown on the telex copy which will facilitate the removal of payment On-Hold and credit your bank account unconditionally.

The Comptroller of Currency, Administration of National Bank (OCC) shall not be liable for any consequences arising from the inability of the beneficiary to contact the Director FRTUK.BOA Furthermore, in the light of these undesirable improprieties, we are convinced beyond all reasonable doubt that you are the rightful beneficiary of the above amount as witnessed in your file. The liability which The Comptroller of Currency, Administrator of National Bank (OCC) May incure are hereby limited.

The Comptroller of Currency therefore reserves the right to cancel funds if the receiver refuses or delays to contact the Ordering Customer (Government of United Kingdom).

Our predicament to ensure customers around the globe experience business as usual, as Administrator of the National Bank, we understand the enormous effort our customers have encountered and we have develop the appropriate framework for implementation, executive oversight, and resource management to help ensure The Comptroller of currency's readiness to offset international payment (On-Hold).

The Comptroller of Currency remains communicated to our financial principal. We hope you will benefit from our team of experts, ensure you the best of our services at all times. For further enquiry fill free to contact us through the above fax number

Yours faithfully,

Mr. John Quill
Deputy Comptroller, Special Supervision
(Comptroller of the Currency, Office of Thrift Supervision)

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