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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2011 23.07.31 +0100
Subject: Message From NAFN {Confirm Your Payment Status}

New Page 1

Tameside MBC
Council Offices,
Room 2.33 Wellington Road
Ashton Under Lyne, OL6 6DL,
United Kingdom.


Dear Beneficiary:

Take notice that based on the National Anti Fraud Network, inauguration of this committee which extended to all countries in the world. which combined with the United Nation Anti-Crime Commission to alleviate and redeem the image and past wounds of our dear citizens and foreign firms who were duped, defrauded, scammed and abandoned by some impostors who indiscriminately use the name of God, Office of Governors, Presidency, Banks etc to slight down our dignities to international communities.


Many Banks have been in bankruptcy, Universal firms, Companies due to the activity of these hoodlums, spammers. However, investigations have shown that these people have dropped over 400,000, clients after collecting their money, many committed suicide and others living in the grace of God.


Meanwhile, we have a committee whose duties are to re-commend genuine contractors, loan bidders, next of kin (inheritance payment), and foreign firms who have completed all the UK Government normal payment requirements but abandoned due to take over some sacked officials who take Government papers to collect money and leave the beneficiary half way. In our inauguration, the Government advised us that we must scrutinize all companies, Banks and Security Company for payment; which we have found your full entitlement valid among other approvals.


We also have endorsed your payment to ROYAL BANK of SCOTLAND to release your check to you without prejudice, and will need a confirmation of all your communication until you finally receive your check so as to investigate more, so as to find out more facts on this issues, it will be well appreciated if you can provide us some vital information on how you have been scammed or the delay in paying out your outstanding fund to you.


The UK Government is using this opportunity to compensate the entire victim who have been scammed, also to those who have not been notified about there over due payment, cause by the inadequate agent involve. So you are advice to contact Mr. Richard Powell to mail to you a certified check which can be withdraw in any Banks in the World, and the Amount is 700,000.00GBP (Seven Hundred Thousand Great British Pounds).


Contact Information for Mr. Richard Powell.
Bank Name: Royal Bank of Scotland.
Contact Person: Mr. Richard Powell
Phone Number: +44 701 113 2501

You are advice to fill in the following, and send to Mr. Richard Powell immediately to his direct contact email.
Your Name in Full:
Your Home Address:
Telephone number:
Identification (please attach drivers licenses, passport)


As soon he receives your data, he will commence immediately with the processing of paying you your compensation fund.

Thanks for your co-operations yours faithfully.

Best Regards,
Regional Intelligence Manager{R.I.M}


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