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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: "BANK" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 6 Feb 2011 20:53:02 -0800

Belview air line that crashed few years back with one of our customer [MR & MRS BRIAN WINFRIED ] as victim and having sum of 9,4m.usd in our bank and all efforts to trace the family has proved abotive

I now solicit your asistance to enable this funds be transfered into your account for you and i to share on % basis
Am one of the senior officer here in my bank and can parfect the transfer without any hinderance to your account and its 100% risk free.

Confirm the story from the BBC link ;- [ BBC NEWS | Africa | All killed in Nigeria plane crash ]

Do get back to me quickly if you are intrested
Paul Kasmin
Global bank

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