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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: "UNITED TRUST BANK LONDON" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 10 Jul 2010 16:03:33 -0700
Subject: Accrued Interest Of Your Fund Valued USD$3,500,000,00 u

United Trust Bank
80 Haymarket  London SW1Y 4TE
London UK
Hello Customer,
This  is to officially inform you that the sum of US3.5 million has been accrued as interest on your contract/Inheritance  sum that was deposited into our bank by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) before the Federal Government of Nigeria withdrew the principal sum.
You are therefore advice to contact the Head of Telex Dept . of our Bank United Trust Bank London  Mr. Steven George on his direct line Tel: +447023039877 EMAIL: for more directives. Because your fund will be transferred to you through an online banking .
Equally, note that you may be required to forward your bank information including copies of your international passport or driving license identification.  We would appreciate your urgent response regarding the above information, as this will enable our bank to treat with urgency.
Note:  You are advised to stop all kinds of communications with any other bank(s) or governmental parastatals in respect of this US$3.5M accrued interest, which is with our bank United Trust Bank London .  Therefore, be warned!!!
Lastly call Him immediately you receive this Email message for more briefings.  Please, when you call request that the  bank branch code which is UTB2 to be reconfirmed to you before speak up.  If not hang up and recall until I get it correctly to avoid speaking with a wrong person.
Thanks for your cooperation.
Yours faithfully,
Dr. Edward Philip
United Trust Bank London
Tel:+ UK calls ( 08715035956 )
Tel: oversea (+44-5601060190 )  +448447742573

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