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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: Santander Bank <>
Date: Fri, 05 Aug 2011 21:19:21 +0800
Subject: Update Your Account And Records  
  As instructed we have amended your Account informations on our records.
We have sent confirmation to both your old and new e-mail addresses for your protection.
Please Log On your account to confirm and update your record

If you have any queries about this please call our Online Helpdesk on
0844 800 12 44 (please dial +44 870 900 1099 if calling from outside the UK).
Lines are open 24 hours a day,7 days a week.

Please do not reply to this e-mail address as it is not monitored and we will be unable to respond.

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