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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: "HSBC PAYMENT" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 22 Jun 2010 18:04:51 -0700

HSBC Bank London
Remittance Unit.
Telephone: + 44-7924039023
Fax: + 44-8447747985

Attention: Beneficiary,

Sub: Immediate Transfer of $10,500,000.00 into a/c number:-

We wish to inform you that the above fund {$10. 5 million} has been received on your behalf, however after our

board meeting between USA, UNITED NATION and UNITED KINGDOM, the two countries including United Nation have

agreed to effect your transfer through our Bank, so we the management of HSBC Bank London are now Responsible

of your fund {$10.5 million} and it has been approved to be transferred into your Bank Account whereas you are

most required to re-confirm to us immediately the following information to avoid any mistake during the


Again, we have verified your payment file as directed to us and you are is next on the list of our outstanding

fund beneficiaries to receive their payment before the end of this second term of the year 2010. Be advised

that because of too many funds beneficiaries due for payment at this first quarter of the year, you are

entitled to receive the sum of Ten Million five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars (US$10,500,000.00) only

and to being approved on your name to facilitate the process of this transaction, please kindly re-confirm the

following information below:

1. Your full name/address
2. Your receiving bank name, address, routing number, swift code and account number
3. A copy of your international passport, or any valid id card
4. Your direct telephone / fax numbers / mobile

Finally, you are required to provide the above information for your transfer to take place through Bank to

Bank Remittance directly from Bank HSBC London to your own Bank, Your prompt response to the above directive

is highly imperative and indicate if you want your fund to program into a DEBIT CARD in case you do not want

Bank to Bank Transfer {KTT}, so you are advice to call us on phone but only banking hours.


Dr. David Brown
Director, Remittance Unit
HSBC Bank London.

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