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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: Sat, 6 Aug 2011 13:16:29 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Approval Fund-

 Dear sir  , 
  Thank you for your email and the payment details, Please you have to understand that we receive trhe informatiopns you sent to us,  but note that the bank said that you have to send us the sum of $32 by today so that we can get you non resident tax clearance, so that your fund can reflect
in your account this morning. so please try all you can to send this money today with the below details;
 Please note that you are advice to send the require fee of  $32  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:--------- $32
 Please try all you can to send me the payment details today as soon as you send the requested fee of $32 today so that we can finishup the transfer by today without any further delay again, and please note that today is the last day, so you have to rush to western union or money gram to send the fee today.

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

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