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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: Mon, 02 May 2011 16:51:17 +0400

My Greetings to you.

We receive the email you sent and the informations. We have been trying to
reach you but it since that your email, but the board of directors said
that they will release your fund to you today as soon as you can send the
fee of $33 for clearance documents, and this fee is to get you clearance
papers by today and Please before your fund can reflect in your account
this morning, you have to filling the form so that we can open account here
in our correspounding bank central bank of west africa. and by today
morning, you can pickup your fund in any of the local bank with this code:
X3887BNKA. Please and please note that today is the final day you only have
to send us the requested fee and the form for the final transfer of your
fund this morning. Please filling the form and send it together with the
fee of US$33.00, so that we can activate this code: X3887BNKA and you can
withdraw your fund by today without any further delay again.

And you have to understand that our correspounding bank has made today to
be the last day so you have to filling the form and send it together with
the fee today so that you can pickup your fund by today without anyfurther
delay again.

I write to inform you that your funds has been called up for payment and
specially encoded to prevent any unlawful withdrawal or diversion. and
transfer will be completed upon your immediate compliance on filling the
form and sending the requested fee by today .you will receive your transfer
in any are of bank locate in your area .Pleasewe need your bank address/
International passport from the rulesguiding this payment you as the the
beneficiary will pay for the releasement clearance document here in benin
republic the fee is US$33.00. to ensure this funds get to you on time with
maximum security without any problem. upon sending the fee we will commence
immediate with the central bank of west africa. Please kindly recofirm us
your full details/ direct telephone number, and your bank address.

please do provide the above information accurately, because this office
cannot afford to be held liable for any wrong transfer of funds or
liability of funds credited into a ghost account. Pleease note that you are
advice to send the require fee of $33 releasement clearance document from
our correspounding bank central bank of west africa Useing my name below
details by western union 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 to get all the document this morning so
that we can finishup the transfer by today without any further delay again.
Please and please try all you can to get this fee direct to us today
without any further delay again. and this will be the final endosement.
Please and please get back to us know so that we can get all this done
without any further delay again.

Waiting to hear from you soon.

Destiny Mike.
Thanks for banking with Bank of America while we looking forward to
serving you with the best of our service.

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