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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: "Mr. Choon James Lee" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 29 Jan 2011 11:09:18 -0800
Subject: Payment Notice

Debt Management Office
224 Thompson Street
New York, NY 10012, United States
Tel: (718) 355-9327
Attention: Beneficiary,
Re: Release of Over-Due Payment Value USD$5.5M (Five Million, Five Hundred Thousand U.S Dollars)
I write to congratulate you  and inform you that  the united state government in conjunction with President Good Luck of Nigeria had appointed this office to process  all the over-due payment being owned as contract/inheritance payment / unpaid contract fund and this is due to series complains  from the FBI and other Security agencies from Asia, Europe, Oceania, Antarctica, South America and the United States of America respectively against the Federal Government of Nigeria  and the British Government for the  rate of scam activities going on in these two nations.  I write in respect to payment claim instruction/order pursuant to subcontractor and Inheritance fund value with sum of USD$5.5M (Five Million, Five Hundred Thousand U.S Dollars) as over-due payment being owned as contract/inheritance payment / unpaid contract fund in subcontractors as Category A record file. This letter also serves as acknowledgement notice to inform you that we h ave received all requested inform
However, in regards to guiding principles under the new scheme with Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 and Subcontractor Payment Terms and Conditions we require conducting comprehensive verification and final confirmation before appropriate department will instigate the release of your funds to you. Pursuant to this I request you send me two forms of your identification and advice you to verify the payment authority that you had given to a Poland company to receive your fund into the bank account states below:
Bank Name: Bank Zachodni WBK S.A.                                             
Bank address: Ul. Rynek 9/11 50-950 Wroclaw, Poland
swift code: WBK PLPP
Account name: Miroslaw Jablecki
Account No.: PL 15 1090 2587 0000 0001 1402 3898
Bank phone number: +48 61 856 40 15
Reference to this subject matter I advise you to urgently reconfirm if you had provided the bank account above as your receiving bank account so that we can process and complete the transfer of your fund to the above number or you provide your bank details immediately. Please if you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to call me on my secure direct line: +1-718-355-9327 or email me for clarification.
Remember to use your Payment Reference (No.-35470021) as the title of your message. I am waiting for your prompt response and Co-operation. On your acknowledgment to this letter I will provide you with further advice/instructions.
Thank you,
Best Regards,
Mr. Choon James Lee
Debt Settlement Committee, USA Government
Debt Settlement and Debt Consolidation

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