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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: Mrs Debbie Dodson <>
Date: Sat, 3 Apr 2010 07:55:18 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Ref:E/ISD/ACD/4556/010

Mrs.Debbie Dodson, Bank
of England
Bank Address: 55 Second Avenue
London E126EJ
Private E-mail Contact:

The International Settlement department of Bank of England
is obligated to contact you for the immediate release of your fund whose account
has become dormant and subsequently transferred to this department as unclaimed
fund of $6.8m (six million eight hundred thousand dollar).
Our findings
have revealed that the problem behind your inability to have received your fund
from the corresponding bank resulted from lack of transparency, insincerity and
incessant demand for money by your representative(s) for unusual
We have therefore decided to establish a direct transfer
payment system (DTPS) with you for the prompt release of your funds without any
You are therefore advised to immediately contact the Director,
Account Department of the bank.We therefore request that you respond to this
email immediately to enable us proceed with the release of your fund
accordingly, verification purpose please send the following information as
listed below:
1. Full name:-----------------------
2. Phone and fax
3.Your age and current

Yours in service,
Mrs.Debbie Dodson

Bank  of  England, Public Notice: bank of
England is one of the London leading independent financial
service providers.
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