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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: "Rhodeville Credit Union" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 28 Mar 2010 18:39:08 +0300
Subject: Rhodeville Credit Union... YOUR ONLINE ACCOUNT HAS BEEN ACTIVATED

Rhodeville Credit Union
325 Gray's Inn Rd,
London, WC1X 8DA
United Kingdom.
Phone Number{+447024068229}

Dear Customer,

Compliments of the season we have been trying to contact you but all to no avail, we wish to inform you that a temporally account have been open for you for your long awaited fund of $3,580,000.00 ( Three million five hundred and eithy thousand dollars) to be transferred into your nominated bank account. We want you to know that we are a reputable bank and also an intermediary bank with The Royal Bank of Scotland and hence all transfers would be powered by The Royal Bank of Scotland.

Below are your accounts coordinates:

Account Name: (Temporarily your Ref number with us [RCU1000390761121])
Account #: 33-1905665411
Swift Code: OBBN1978
ABA Routing #: 198615342

You can log into your new online account by clicking on the below link:

Online Banking Website:
Username: RCU1000390761121
Password: 3t89g27k

For immediate response you are required to contact Mr. Bret Hynes with the email address and phone numbers below.

Email Address:
Phone Number: +447024068229
Phone Number: +447024076819

As soon as you log on into your temporally account you would see your fund in your account and you can also start your fund transfer.

Yours Sincerely,
Mr. Bret Hynes

The information contained in this message is confidential and solely intended for the individual or entity to whom it is addressed, or authorized to receive it. If you are not the intended recipient, please do not read, you are hereby notified that any disclosure of this communication, copying, distribution or taking action in reliance of the contents of this information is strictly prohibited and may be unlawful. If you received this mail in error, kindly inform the sender and delete the mail. Thank you for your kind gesture.
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