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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: "Foreign Remittance \(Bank Of America\)" <>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2011 15:09:10 +0100 (BST)
Subject: RE: Fund Pickup---27/04/2011

My Greetings to you ,    

We receive the email, we receive the informations that you sent, Please note that this bank need your banking detals and your direct telephone numbers, so that we can get your transfer done. and please note that you have to send your banking details together with the transfer charges of $33 by today, so you have to make sure that you attach us your Id card so that we can get every things done by today without any further delay again. Pleease note that you are advice to send the require fee of $33  with the below details by Western Union OR MONEY GRAM only.

Receives Name:--------Ifeanyi Chukwu John
Country:--------- Benin Republic
City/state:--------- Cotonou.
Question:---------  What Color?
Answer:-------- -Blue
Amount:--------- $33

Please try all you can to send me the payment details today as soon as you send the requested fee of $33 today so that we can finishup the transfer by today without any further delay again. N/B: Please dont forget to send us your full account details this morning so that we can proceed immediately.

Waiting to hear from you soon.
 Thank you ,
 Dr.  Destiny Mike
Senior manager, Foreign Remittance (Bank Of America

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